RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Four Nevada football players have been suspended following the fight after the UNLV-Nevada football game on November 30, 2019.
After an investigation into the incident, the Mountain West Conference issued suspensions for Austin Arnold, Daniel Brown, Hausia Sekona and Gabriel Sewell, citing violations of Mountain West Rule 4 – Sportsmanship.
Arnold will serve a two-game suspension, Brown and Sekona will serve a one-game suspension and Sewell is suspended for one-half game.
The suspensions will be in effect for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on January 3, 2020. Arnold will also miss the first game of the 2020 season.
UNLV's role in the incident is still being processed and is expected to be completed later this week.
Police Services at the University of Nevada, Reno also released photos of fans who they say were seen on video interacting with student-athletes who were on the field. They are asking these fans, or anyone who can identify them, to contact University Police Services at 775-784-4013 or send an email.
“It is very concerning to have fans physically engaging with student-athletes,” University Chief of Police Todd Renwick, said. “Police Services would like to remind all fans that touching or throwing objects at athletes is completely unacceptable, dangerous and is also a crime.”
University Athletics released the following statement Tuesday, December 10, 2019, saying they will comply with the sanctions issued to the student-athletes involved:
“The Mountain West conducted a thorough review of the incident and we are appreciative of their efforts and accept their findings,” University Athletics Director Doug Knuth, said. “We are disappointed for the seniors who will miss their final game playing for the Wolf Pack. Our football program is moving forward with preparations for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Internally, we continue to support the reviews of the incident from our Office of Student Conduct and University Police Services, and we are exploring all avenues to prevent a recurrence of this incident and improve the gameday experience for everyone.”
“The University’s Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of the sanctions and is reviewing the incident to determine if a violation of the University’s Student Code of Conduct possibly occurred,” Assistant Dean of Student Conduct Kimberly Woods, said. “University student conduct records are confidential as part of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), therefore findings from these investigations will not be shared publicly.”
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