Auburn's Shaq Johnson off team after arrest

Auburn basketball has dismissed guard Shaq Johnson for violating team rules.

He was arrested and charged with second degree possession of marijuana last weekend in Auburn. It's a misdemeanor charge.

"We hold our student-athletes to a high standard at Auburn University in the way that they conduct themselves off the court," coach Tony Barbee said in a news release. "I am very disappointed in Shaq's choices and actions, and they won't be tolerated. This decision is not one that I take lightly, but it is in the best interest of both the program and the student-athlete."

Johnson averaged 6.2 points a game last season.

He appeared to be in line to be Auburn's starting off-guard this season. Johnson started 21 games last season and coach Barbee had been impressed with his off season weight training.