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12 Memphis players suspended for BYU-Memphis bowl game brawl

Twelve Memphis football players were suspended Tuesday for their part in an on-field brawl after the Tigers’ 55-48 double-overtime victory over BYU in the Miami Beach Bowl on Dec. 22.

The suspensions, announced by the school and the American Athletic Conference, will cover practices, scrimmages and from a half-game to two games for individuals. In addition, coach Justin Fuente and his staff will determine whether mandatory anger management counseling and community service hours will be required.

The school did not release the names of those who will be disciplined.

“We hold our student-athletes to the highest standards of sportsmanship and personal conduct at the University of Memphis,” athletic director Tom Bowen said. “The actions of a few members of our football program in Miami were completely unacceptable.

“I can assure our community, fans and stakeholders that we have and will continue to hold our young men and women accountable and will use this unfortunate incident as a teaching tool for all our student-athletes moving forward.”

The brawl that resulted in punches thrown on the field started at midfield after an interception by Memphis defensive back DaShaughn Terry ended the game.

BYU has not yet announced any disciplinary action for its players who were involved in the melee.

The bowl victory was Memphis’ first since 2005 and allowed the Tigers to reach 10 wins in a season for the first time since 1938.

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