When last we saw the University of Memphis football team in action they were winning the Miami Beach Bowl and then fighting on the field afterward with Brigham Young University players.
It was an ugly scene, with plenty of blame to go around though BYU apparently isn’t going to hand out any real punishment until after playing at Nebraska in the first game of the season. Convenient.
The Tigers open this Saturday at home against Missouri State (not exactly Nebraska), but several players will miss time.
Memphis head coach Justin Fuente announced at his weekly press luncheon on Monday, Aug. 31, that linebacker Leonard Pegues would miss the Missouri State game and the first half of the Sept. 12 game at Kansas. Defensive lineman Isadore Outing also will miss the Missouri State game.
Four players will miss the first half of the Missouri State game: offensive linemen Nick Thomas, Michael Stannard and Trevon Tate, and cornerback Chauncey Lanier. Linebacker Noah Robinson had to fulfill additional requirements but was not suspended. Combined, the affected players also did more than 300 hours of community service, according to Fuente.
The suspensions were determined in coordination with the American Athletic Conference.
“This was not an incident that I was proud of or we were proud of,” Fuente said in announcing the punishments. “Our kids have done a great job of owning it, standing up to it, understanding that it’s not what we represent.”
– Don Wade