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Titus Swen: Dismissed UW Running Back Says System ‘Just Ain’t Fit My Style’

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By Greg Johnson, Cowboy State Daily
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After his dismissal from the University of Wyoming football program, junior starting running back Titus Swen said he plans to play somewhere else next season and that UW, “just ain’t fit my style.”

Calling the University of Wyoming football family “a good program,” Swen told Cowboy State Daily that he plans to enter the transfer portal, announcing he intends to play with another program for his senior campaign.

Dismissed

In a short press release Monday, UW head football coach Craig Bohl and University of Wyoming Athletics announced that Swen has been kicked off the team for “violations of team rules.”

His dismissal comes less than two weeks removed from a career-high 212-yard game in a Nov. 19 loss to Boise State.

After rushing for 75 yards in a 30-0 loss to Fresno State on Friday, Swen finishes his career No. 10 on the all-time University of Wyoming rushing list with 2,173 career yards. That includes 1,039 yards through 12 games this season.

“Swen’s dismissal is effective immediately,” Bohl says in the press release. “Swen will remain on scholarship until the completion of the current fall 2022 semester so that he can complete his classes for the semester.”

‘Didn’t See Eye To Eye’

Neither Bohl nor UW elaborated on the violations of team rules that led to Swen being kicked off the team, simply saying that, “Swen’s personal conduct is below the standard necessary to be a member of Cowboy Football.”

For his part, Swen said he doesn’t have any hard feelings toward Bohl or the program, and that he and the coaching staff weren’t on the same page.

“We just didn’t see eye to eye when it came to game planning,” Swen said. 

No Hard Feelings

He also said that he doesn’t harbor any bad feelings toward the university and that the Cowboys are “a good program. I recommend people come to it.”

He also said that while he won’t be playing with UW in a postseason bowl game, he’ll be cheering hard for his former teammates.

“I just wish my boys the best,” he said. “I’m always going to be a big fan.”

He also expressed thanks to Cowboys fans.

“I just appreciate all the love and support, and wouldn’t want it any other way,” Swen said. “I just hope everybody lives life, and don’t let anybody dictate your future – just go and get it.”

A Strong Career

Swen was a difference-maker for the Cowboys since joining the team as a true freshman in 2019. He played in eight games that season, rushing for 349 yards.

After sitting out the 2020 season, he appeared in all 13 games for UW last season, earning Second Team All-Mountain West Conference honors. He ran for 785 yards, including 166 yards against arch-rival Colorado State. His 98-yard run against Utah State last season remains the longest in UW football history.

This season, he broke the 100-yard mark three times, including his career-high game against Boise State, a 160-yard effort against Utah State and 102 yards against Air Force.

The Cowboys finished the regular season 7-5 and eligible to play in a postseason bowl game, which will be without Swen.

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