12 U of M football players penalized for Miami Beach Bowl brawl

12 U of M football players penalized for Miami Beach Bowl brawl

University of Memphis penalized 12 members of the football program after a fight that broke out following the Miami Beach Bowl in December 2014.

According to a news release issued on Tuesday, the penalties include "suspension from team activities (including practices, scrimmages and game competitions ranging from one half to two games), mandatory anger-management counseling and community service hours, and additional team-regulated punishments at the discretion of head coach Justin Fuente and his staff. Individual suspensions from game competition will be announced in conjunction with the first football game of the 2015 season."

Names of the players involved in the brawl or penalized were not released.

The punishments are being announced now because an internal review of the brawl between U of M and BYU players is complete.

"We hold our student-athletes to the highest standards of sportsmanship and personal conduct at the University of Memphis," said University of Memphis Director of Athletics Tom Bowen in a written statement. "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."

A conference call between U of M and BYU players will still be held in which formal apologies will be issued on behalf of both schools.

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