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Mammoth Sun Devil suspended yet again

Mike Pennel

Expected to be a massive force — literally at 6-5, 355 pounds — in the middle of Arizona State’s defensive line as a JUCO transfer, Mike Pennel was instead suspended for the Sun Devils’ Week 2 game because of a (sing along with me) violation of unspecified team rules.

Three weeks later?  Lather, rinse, repeat.

First-year Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham announced that the defensive tackle has been indefinitely suspended from the football program.  The reason?  Like you actually need to ask.

“I’m not lowering our standards, period,” Graham said of the latest punitive measure to hit the mammoth lineman, according to the Arizona Republic. “Bottom line, that’s what it is. We’re never excited about stuff like (this). It’s difficult, but at the end of the day, we’re going to do things one way. We’re going to do things the right way.”

(Yes, drilling a “do things the right way” mantra into his current players is in no way, shape or form ironic.)

For his part, Pennel seemed to have a come-to-Jesus moment — “Now all I can do is pray” — with himself on Twitter following his latest suspension.

“It’s unbelievable I’ve done this to my family, teammates , and the #ASU fans… Ill be a better person from this I have no choice but to be,” Pennel wrote. “You have to embrace change for it to happen… When your down to nothing god is up to something.”

Pennel has played in three of ASU’s five games this season.

(Photo credit: Arizona State athletics)

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10 Responses to “Mammoth Sun Devil suspended yet again”
  1. mydixienormus says: Oct 3, 2012 9:04 AM

    Are JC guys worth it?????

    Although, ASU has a linebacker that is pretty wicked (can’t remember his name).

    As a UW fan, this is especially annoying as he was committed to UW, but couldn’t get into the school.

    UW should be like most schools and lower their standards for football players… Just kidding, sort of.

  2. beedubyatoo says: Oct 3, 2012 9:06 AM

    Mammoth? He’s about the same size as half the offensive linemen in D-1 football.

  3. beedubyatoo says: Oct 3, 2012 9:10 AM

    “You have to embrace change for it to happen… When your down to nothing god is up to something.”
    Mr. Taylor, I can understand CFT posters using “your” for “you’re”, but a so-called professional journalist?

  4. mydixienormus says: Oct 3, 2012 9:13 AM


    I belive Mr. Taylor was quoting what this guy typed on twitter.

    Do you expect a journalist to correct someone’s grammar on a quote?

  5. John Taylor says: Oct 3, 2012 9:43 AM

    @beedubyatoo: apparently you missed the quotation marks indicating those were someone else’s words, not mine.

  6. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 3, 2012 11:15 AM

    Slap these grammar patrols with a fine!! Tell em a wise Asian man once told me, “he who throw first stone, can also get hit by another stone.” ( some ’em like that, still trying to figure out what the hell he was talking about but it seems appropriate for the moment )

  7. mogogo1 says: Oct 3, 2012 11:47 AM

    “It’s unbelievable I’ve done this to my family, teammates , and the #ASU fans…

    Not so unbelievable, given he’d been suspended before just three weeks prior. Stupid is no way to go through life.

  8. sunsation3413 says: Oct 3, 2012 1:55 PM

    I’d like to give coach Graham huge props for cleaning up an ASU team that was in shambles after Dennis Erickson. He has been consistent in his message that there will be consequences for not following the team rules no matter who you are. It is a much needed message for this team and program. Keep up the good work coach!

  9. joeswatzell says: Oct 5, 2012 6:27 AM

    I have no problem with MOST grammar/spelling Nazis when they are getting after folks who should know better, or are just CLEARLY ignorant and should be voicing opinions in intelligent conversation, but to get on someone for a a quote? Really beedubyatoo?

    For what it is worth…I get pissed at myself when I get in a hurry and “send” without proofreading.

  10. communitymanager307 says: Oct 5, 2012 4:50 PM

    Start with recruiting policies: Character checks work. First grades then Interview their teachers, janitors, cafeteria attendant, school administrators. Did the prospect treat them well, was he kind, polite? Most knuckle heads can be weeded out before the scholarship money is spent using this method and lessen the chance of bringing in players that have no respect for authority and their self.

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