Big Sky, Weber State suspend player

OGDEN, Utah — Weber State football player Oran Maxwell has been suspended for his involvement in a fight, Big Sky Commissioner Doug Fullerton and Weber State University announced on Tuesday.

Maxwell, a redshirt freshman running back from Orlando, Fla., left the bench area and threw a punch with 2 minutes and 45 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Weber State’s 50-40 victory over SFA on Saturday, Aug. 31. Maxwell was ejected from the game.

The NCAA Football Rules state that a player involved in a fight during the second half of a contest is disqualified for the remainder of the game, as well as the first half of the following contest.

Weber State head coach Jody Sears accepted the first-half suspension issued by the Big Sky and chose to enforce the suspension for a full game. Maxwell will sit out Weber State’s game at the University of Utah on Saturday.

“We take these issues very seriously and will not tolerate this type of behavior from members of our football program,” Sears said.

“We commend Weber State Athletics Director Jerry Bovee and Coach Sears for taking the lead and issuing a full-game suspension,’’ Fullerton said. “The decision shows that Weber State University will not tolerate this type of behavior in its football program. By rule, the conference can only issue a 1/2-game suspension. We fully support Weber State’s decision to opt for an entire game.’’

— Big Sky Conference

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