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Arrests lead to bowl suspensions for pair of N. Illinois players

Sean Progar AP

Separate incidents shortly after their MAC championship game win will cost Northern Illinois a player on each side of the ball for their bowl game, head coach Dave Doeren announced Wednesday.

Defensive end Sean Progar was arrested and charged very early in the morning of Dec. 4 with driving under the influence, while wide receiver Anthony Johnson was arrested around the same time and charged  with consumption of alcohol by a minor.  The Huskies had beaten Ohio 23-20 the night of Dec. 2 to claim the conference title.

As a result of their legal issues, that game will be the pair’s last for the 2011 season as Doeren confirmed that neither player will play in the GoDaddy.com Bowl game Jan. 8 versus Arkansas State.

“After gathering information, reviewing the details of both situations and talking to many individuals, including Anthony and Sean, regarding the events that occurred the night after the MAC Championship game, we have determined that they will not play in the bowl game,” Doeren said in a statement.  “A lot of variables went into these decisions, and each situation was reviewed separately as they occurred independently of each other.  Both players have expressed regret over the decisions they made that night and are truly remorseful.”

Progar leads the Huskies with 5.5 sacks and is second in tackles for loss with 11.  Johnson has 13 receptions for 174 yards.

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2 Responses to “Arrests lead to bowl suspensions for pair of N. Illinois players”
  1. woebegong says: Dec 23, 2011 7:57 AM

    Just think, if they were playing for Nebraska, Pelini, could have gotten the charges reduced and made sure these kids got to play in their bowl game. It appears at least the N. Illinois coach has some integrity. I guess he figures, if OSU, can do it last year, Nebraska can do it this year.

  2. rcali says: Dec 23, 2011 4:54 PM

    So good woebegong, So good.

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