Alabama kicks LB Cowan off team for rules violation

Alabama sophomore linebacker VanDarius Cowan has been released from the team.In a statement released Monday, coach Nick Saban said Cowan violated team rules, but did not offer details.”Each of us has a responsibility to represent the University of Alabama in a first-class way, and failure to meet those standards can’t be tolerated,” Saban said in the release.Cowan, 19, is facing a legal issue, as well, accused of punching a 26-year-old man in a Tuscaloosa bar last month. He has been charged with third-degree assault and posted a $500 bond, according to 247Sports.