-- Jeremy Sprinkle's collegiate career abruptly ended hours before Thursday's Belk Bowl.?
He reportedly shoplifted from -- of all places -- a?Belk department store in Charlotte, North Carolina, even though each player on Sprinkle's Arkansas?team?and opponent Virginia Tech had?a $450 gift card to spend there.?
SEC Country, citing sources, reported that Sprinkle tried to take items worth more than what was available on the gift card; players had 90 minutes to spend the allotted money during the spree Tuesday at the Belk's in Charlotte's SouthPark Mall.?
"Jeremy's suspension has been known by our staff and players for several days, so we've had a chance to prepare our game plan accordingly," coach Bret Bielema said in the release through the school. "Throughout his career and this season as a graduate student-athlete, Jeremy has displayed numerous times the qualities we want to represent our program. We have standards within our family that must be upheld on a daily basis, and unfortunately he failed to do that in the last week."
Sprinkle dealt with an ankle injury this year but finished the regular season third on the team with 33 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns. For his career, Sprinkle caught 71 passes for 921 yards and 11 touchdowns.
He's considered the No. 7 tight end available for the 2017 NFL draft, according to ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.