North Texas' leading returning receiver Turner Smiley was arrested on 4 a.m. Wednesday morning in Denton, TX for driving while intoxicated, according to NBC Sports' Kevin McGuire.
Head coach Seth Littrell released a statement after the news came out, according to McGuire:
We are aware of the situation regarding Turner Smiley from earlier this morning and we are still in the process of collecting all the facts. Until I have an opportunity to talk with him I will refrain from further comment. We have high expectations for all of our student-athletes and we take situations like this very seriously. We will take an immediate and appropriate course of action after I speak with him.
The Denton Police Department had no other details related to the arrest available.
The news comes a pivotal time for the Mean Green and first-year coach Seth Littrell, as Smiley was easily the most experienced receiver in a very young receiving corps, and fall camps start up within a couple of weeks.
Smiley's 25 receptions and 255 receiving yards led the returners, with himself and Tee Goree (15 rec., 118 yards) leading a cast of youngsters and defensive conversions; nine of the team's 14 receivers are either true/redshirt freshmen or redshirt sophomores and two are former defensive backs. Over his career, Smiley has 39 receptions, 450 yards and two touchdowns.
No charges have been made in the case as of yet, and no announcement from UNT has come down on a suspension or expulsion for Smiley.