Well, that certainly didn’t take long.
Roughly 24 hours after a bench-clearing brouhaha ruined a perfectly good faux referee striptease, the Pac-12 has brought the hammer to a handful players from both UCLA and Arizona.
In a release, the conference announced Friday night that a total of 10 players have been suspended for periods ranging from a half game to two full contests. A total of six Bruins have been suspended by the league, while four Wildcats will sit for varying periods of time.
The harshest suspension went to UCLA defensive tackle Cassius Marsh, who will be sidelined for the next two games. UCLA senior wide receiver Taylor Embree (no relation) and Arizona sophomore cornerback Shaquille Richardson were each ejected following the brawl that erupted with four seconds left in the first half and missed the final two quarters. Additionally, each player has been suspended for another game.
Here are the remainder of the sanctions levied by the conference:
Sophomore guard Alberto Cid – Half-game suspension
Sophomore wide receiver Randall Carroll – One-game suspension
Sophomore wide receiver Shaq Evans – One-game suspension
Sophomore wide receiver Ricky Marvray – One-game suspension
Senior cornerback Lyle Brown – Half-game suspension
Junior strong safety Mark Watley – Half-game suspension
Freshman nickelback Jourdon Grandon – One-game suspension
Each player will be suspended for their respective team’s next game. The Bruins face Cal next weekend, while the Wildcats travel to Washington.
“The Conference is extremely disappointed in the actions of the student-athletes involved in this incident,” commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. “It is unacceptable behavior and violated Conference rules, as well as NCAA fighting rules. I have taken these actions today because it is imperative that we hold our student-athletes and coaches to the highest standards of sportsmanship.”
Marsh and Evans were listed as starters on UCLA’s latest depth chart, while Richardson is the only starter Arizona will lose.
“I’m disappointed for Arizona and UCLA,” interim Arizona head coach Tim Kish said in a statement. “The altercation was a black mark on what was a good game for us. We know that players get excited and driven during games, but composure has to be maintained throughout. We’ll learn from this and grow.”
As of this posting, UCLA has yet to issue a statement on the suspensions. Although, in fairness to the Bruins, they could be too busy lining up their next head coach to deal with such matters.
UPDATED 11:56 p.m. ET: UCLA has released a statement from head coach (for now) Rick Neuheisel addressing the suspension.
“On behalf of the entire UCLA football program, I respect the Pac-12’s decision to suspend six of our players after the unfortunate incident in the second quarter of yesterday’s Arizona game,” said Neuheisel. “As a program, we certainly do not condone the actions of our student-athletes involved, no matter what circumstances they found themselves in at the time. As the head coach, I am very disappointed with their actions. I told each and every one of our players as much in the locker room, both at halftime, and at the conclusion of the game. Everyone here understands the expectations and responsibilities we share, and that representing UCLA on the field of play is a privilege.”