10 suspended after UCLA-Arizona brawl
The Pac-12 Conference Friday announced that six UCLA players and four Arizona players were suspended as a result of their roles in a bench-clearing brawl during Arizona's 48-12 victory over UCLA Thursday night in Tucson.
For UCLA, offensive lineman Albert Cid will be suspended for a half game, receivers Randall Carroll, Shaquelle Evans and Ricky Marvray will have to sit out a full game and defensive lineman Cassius Marsh will have to serve a two-game suspension.
Arizona defensive backs Lyle Brown and Mark Watley will suspended for a half game while Jourdan Grandon, another defensive back will have to sit out a full game.
UCLA receiver Taylor Embree and Arizona defensive back Shaquille Richardson, the two players ejected from the game after the melee subsided, will also sit out another game.
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The suspensions were handed down after conference officials reviewed game tape.
"The Conference is extremely disappointed in the actions of the student-athletes involved in this incident," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. "It is unacceptable behavior and violated Conference rules, as well as NCAA fighting rules. I have taken these actions today because it is imperative that we hold our student-athletes and coaches to the highest standards of sportsmanship," said Scott.
The suspensions are to take place in each team's next scheduled contest. For UCLA, that is Oct. 29 against California at the Rose Bowl. For Arizona, it is Oct. 29 at Washington.
The brawl began near the end of the second half after a streaker dressed as a referee disrupted play sneaking on the field and disrobing as he ran around. The players, who were lined up across from one another, apparently began exchanging words, then pushes, shoves and punches.
Both sidelines emptied as secondary fights broke out and spread across the field before cooler heads finally prevailed.
"On behalf of the entire UCLA football program, I respect the Pac-12's decision to suspend six of our players after the unfortunate incident in the second quarter of yesterday's Arizona game," UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel said in a statement. "As a program, we certainly do not condone the actions of our student-athletes involved, no matter what circumstances they found themselves in at the time.
"As the head coach, I am very disappointed with their actions. I told each and every one of our players as much in the locker room, both at halftime, and at the conclusion of the game. Everyone here understands the expectations and responsibilities we share, and that representing UCLA on the field of play is a privilege."
Peter Yoon covers UCLA for ESPNLosAngeles.com.