The first addition of the Miami Beach Bowl was a great game up until the final play of the contest.
Memphis had just intercepted a BYU pass in the second overtime to clinch the victory. That was when a game that was easily one of the most exciting of the college football bowl season turned ugly when an all-out melee was stirred up between the two teams.
According to Commercial Appeal, the Tigers have announced the suspensions of six different players that range from a half-game to one and a half games. These suspensions were decided in conjunction with the American Athletic Conference.
Senior lineback Leonard Pegues received the largest punishment as he will miss Saturday night’s game against Missouri State and then half of next week’s road opener against Kansas. Defensive lineman Isadore Outing will sit out the first game, and four players — offensive linemen Nick Thomas, Michael Stannard and Trevon Tate and cornerback Chauncey Lanier — will miss the first half of that game.
“Obviously this was not an incident that I’m proud of, or that we are proud of,” head coach Justin Fuente said Monday. “I think our kids have done a great job, in the wake of this, owning it, standing up to it, understanding that it’s not what we want to represent. And some of the things that we’ve asked them to do, they’ve gone above and beyond the requirements that we put in front of them.”
Sophomore linebacker Noah Robinson was not suspended, but he did have some “other requirements” as Fuente put it. He fulfilled those and will be eligible to play in the first game. The six suspended players were sentenced to mandatory counseling, extra conditioning drills, and 220 hours of community service, according to Fuente.
Five other players would have been punished if they were still with the team.
Maybe this year players will take this as a lesson to always try to let cooler heads prevail and just walk away. That’s a tough thing to ask, but these players need try and learn self-control in those kinds of situations.
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