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Weber State University football player Oran Maxwell has been suspended for his involvement in a fight, announced Big Sky commissioner Doug Fullerton and WSU on Tuesday.
Maxwell, a redshirt freshman running back from Orlando, Fla., left the bench area and threw a punch with two minutes and 45 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of WSU’s 50-40 victory over Stephen F. Austin State University on Saturday. Maxwell was ejected from the game.
The NCAA football rules state that a player involved in a fight during the second half of a contest is disqualified for the remainder of the game, as well as the first half of the following contest.
NCAA rules also state that if a player is flagged and ejected for fighting a second time in the same season, that player will be suspended for the remainder of the game and the remainder of the season.
WSU head coach Jody Sears accepted the first-half suspension issued by the Big Sky and chose to enforce the suspension for a full game. Maxwell will sit out WSU’s game at the University of Utah this Saturday.
“We take these issues very seriously and will not tolerate this type of behavior from members of our football program,” Sears said.
In a statement released by the Big Sky, the league approved the extra disciplinary action the university staff has taken.
“We commend Weber State Athletics Director Jerry Bovee and Head Coach Jody Sears for taking the lead and issuing a full-game suspension,’’ Fullerton said in the press release. “The decision shows that Weber State University will not tolerate this type of behavior in its football program. By rule, the conference can only issue a ½-game suspension. We fully support Weber State’s decision to opt for an entire game.’’