Duke Football Head Coach David Cutcliffe announced on Tuesday that junior wide receiver Johnell Barnes, redshirt sophomore linebacker Chris Holmes, and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Terrence Alls have been dismissed from the program.
"This is, without doubt, the most difficult thing teams and coaches face," Cutcliffe said in a press release. "This is not a reaction to anything that has occurred during the last couple weeks. This has been something that we have worked very hard with these young men to continue to understand what's expected of them."
"We have standards in this program that we're committed to. When we're recruiting, we let them and their parents know these things. We're responsible to the parents and the players we have here currently. We're going to uphold those standards and work with everybody we can to give people opportunities to be successful."
"With this circumstance, it had reached a point where it was in their best interest, and certainly the program's best interest, to move forward somewhere else. We appreciate and thank them for their contributions to the program. We wish them well in whatever they choose to do. I will not go into any other details about this issue."
Alls had previously been suspended, missing the first six games of the season, before being reinstated for the Virginia Tech game. He had six catches for 56 yards.
Barnes, a starter at wide receiver, was second on the team in both pass receptions (34) and receiving yards (411).
Holmes recorded four tackles in six games this season, including one tackle for loss.
Virginia and Duke square off this weekend in Charlottesville at 3:30 p.m.