Idaho head coach Paul Petrino announced the fate of Epps in a released statement on Monday. The reason for the dismissal was due to “violating the conditions set forth in the disciplinary actions that had been taken earlier in the season.” Epps was suspended by the program on Oct. 26 for an alleged domestic violence incident. Assault charges were not filed, however, because the prosecution did not feel it could prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. That seemingly held the door open for a possible return by Epps to the roster, but that ultimately is not how it turned out.
In August, Epps was caught on video shoplifting from a university store, He served a one-game suspension as a result, missing the USC game. In April 2014, Epps was charged with driving under the influence. Finally, enough was enough for Petrino, and now Epps will have to clean up his act elsewhere if he wants to keep playing football.
Epps was easily Idaho’s top wide receiver despite playing in only six games. His 757 receiving yards will likely remain a team-high for the next few weeks and could still be the top receiving yardage for the season. Trent Cowan’s 411 yards are second-most on the team, in nine games.