Controversy surrounds players’ suspensions

By Emily Gurchiek, Chattanooga, TN–The Mocs football head coach misinformed the media about the suspension of five football players, according to a Times Free Press article.

At the end of the first game, head coach Russ Huesman informed media that the players did not participate during the game due to injuries.

After the second game, Huesman withdrew his statement about the injuries and admitted the players did not play due to a six quarter suspension, according to the article.

The five players, Toyvion Brand, Terrell Robinson, Will Sharpton, Dean Haynes and Kenny Huitt—who was arrested in June 2013 for possession of marijuana, according to a police report—were suspended for “a violation of team rules,” Jay Blackman, associate athletic director of communications and marketing, said.

When asked about the arrest, Blackman did not comment. It is unclear whether the arrest is related to the suspension.

Since the suspension is complete, all five players are eligible to play.

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