Rumor mill: why were the five football players suspended?
I’ve heard several different theories about why Ron English announced the indefinite suspension of five football players yesterday.
One guess has been that the players were partying after the win over Ball State. I think this is dubious because of the timing; it strikes me as unlikely that English would let the players make the trip to Virginia, and then announce the indefinite suspensions 11 or 12 days after the event.
A more likely guess is that the players were partying while they were in Virginia. This makes more sense in terms of the timing, and also because two of the suspended players are from that area: Priest is from Roanoke, 2 hours southwest of Charlottesville, and Brown is from Palmyra, 30 minutes southeast of Charlottesville.
A third suggestion, which came to me anonymously from someone who claims to be friends with several football players, is that a few days ago the five players went out to a bar in Ann Arbor and got in a fight with the bouncers. They went to Ann Arbor in hopes that they wouldn’t be spotted, because just the act of going out to a bar was the violation of team rules. This scenario also explains why the suspensions are indefinite: English wants to be sure there are no legal ramifications before they are allowed to play again.