In the past three months, a total of four incidents involving four members of the Oregon State football program have resulted in five arrests thus far this offseason. And these off-field woes are coming on the heels of three players arrested last offseason.
Suffice to say, there are some unhappy Beavers in Corvallis these days. Chief among them? Head coach Mike Riley.
In an email to the Corvallis Gazette-Times and The Oregonian, Riley expressed his extreme displeasure with the behavior of some of his players, although he stopped short of saying how many games, if any, each of the players may be suspended this season.
“We have had a few legal issues as of late with a handful of members of our football team,” the coach said. ”This behavior is totally unacceptable and the appropriate discipline started immediately with each event and future incidences could result in exclusion from our football program,” Riley wrote to the paper.
Interestingly, all of the most recent incidents have involved members of the Beavers’ secondary. Cornerbacks Jordan Poyer and Sean Martin were arrested for criminal trespassing and drunk driving, respectively, while safety Ryan Murphy was charged with trespassing. Fellow safety Malcolm Marable was charged in two separate incidents, one after being clocked at 104 mph and the other involving an assault related to Murphy’s charge.
The Gazette-Times suggests that, based on the school’s conduct policy, Poyer, Martin and Murphy could/should be facing suspensions of at least one game apiece, while Marable could/should be in line for a three-game suspension.