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Pair of Boilermakers likely suspended for bowl game

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A suspension earlier this month and a an arrest late this past week will likely cost Purdue a pair of key players on each side of the ball for their bowl game, head coach Danny Hope said Sunday.

Wide receiver O.J. Ross was suspended indefinitely Dec. 6 for violating unspecified team rules, and Hope said the receiver will definitely not play in the Dec. 27th Little Caesars Pizza Bowl versus Western Michigan.  Linebacker Dwayne Beckford was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence, prompting Hope to say there’s “a good chance” he won’t play in the bowl game either.

“I’ve only had a chance to talk to Dwayne briefly,” Hope said according to the . “I want to visit with his family and the athletic administration before I make a decision.

It’s disappointing he’s made some poor decisions.”

Ross is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three, and is third in receptions (33) and receiving yards (356).

Beckford leads the Boilermakers in tackles, and is tied for fifth in tackles for loss (seven) and tied for second in sacks (three).

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1 Response to “Pair of Boilermakers likely suspended for bowl game”
  1. woebegong says: Dec 19, 2011 8:13 AM

    These kids just never seem to learn. When you are on a scholarship and playing in a high visibility sport, you are under the microscope. I applaud coaches that take a tough stance when stuff like this happens.
    In spite of what some folks might say about SEC teams, my coach at UGA makes sure they know when they have done something wrong. The only knock against him, is that he tends to stick by them too long, but I can’t fault him for trying to fulfill the obligation he made to them and the concerned adults. He honestly cares about the young kids. I think the Purdue coach does also, and I applaud him. I think sometimes coaches make mistakes by saying a kid is suspended for unspecified breaking of team rules. The crime needs to be put in the open, so that the kids, can feel ashamed about it, and maybe not do it again. Not a lot of coaches do that, and it is not helping these kids at all.

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