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BYU vs New Mexico Suspensions Announced (VIDEO)

On Saturday afternoon, BYU and New Mexico were involved in an altercation in which both benches emptied and punches were thrown. The Mountain West Conference announced on Monday that eleven student athletes were suspended while BYU head baseball coach Vance Law was reprimanded over the incident. I wonder if the BYU Honor Code says anything about fighting in it and whether the Cougars players will face more discipline from the university. You can check out New Mexico catcher Mitchell Garver’s one finger salute below. We have also included video the brawl between the two schools and the full press release from the Mountain West Conference.

New Mexico's Mitchell Garver

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
Ryan Bernal, Student-Athlete
• Three-game suspension due to post-participation ejection for fighting (NCAA Rule 2, Section 25 and Rule 5, Section 16).
Wes Guenther, Student-Athlete
• Public reprimand for unduly provocative actions towards a student-athlete from another institution (MW Sportsmanship Rule Sections 4.2-c and 4.4.3).
Vance Law, Head Coach
• Public reprimand for remarks critical of a fellow member institution (MW Sportsmanship Rule Sections 4.2-e and 4.4.5).
Bret Lopez, Student-Athlete
• Three-game suspension for fighting (NCAA Rule 5, Section 16).
Brock Luker, Student-Athlete
• Three-game suspension for fighting (NCAA Rule 5, Section 16).
Blake Torgerson, Student-Athlete
• Three-game suspension due to post-participation ejection for fighting (NCAA Rule 2, Section 25 and Rule 5, Section 16).

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
Luke Campbell, Student-Athlete
• Three-game suspension for fighting (NCAA Rule 5, Section 16).
Mitchell Garver, Student-Athlete
• Public reprimand for an obscene gesture (MW Sportsmanship Rule Sections 4.2-c and 4.4.3).
Quay Grant, Student-Athlete
• Three-game suspension due to post-participation ejection for fighting (NCAA Rule 2, Section 25 and Rule 5, Section 16).
Cory Maltz, Student-Athlete
• Three-game suspension for fighting (NCAA Rule 5, Section 16).
Jonathan Mata, Student-Athlete
• Three-game suspension for fighting (NCAA Rule 5, Section 16).
John Michael Twichell, Student-Athlete
• Three-game suspension due to post-participation ejection for fighting (NCAA Rule 2, Section 25 and Rule 5, Section 16).

Each of the involved individuals is now also subject to more stringent penalties under Mountain West Rule 4 – Sportsmanship and applicable NCAA provisions if they are involved in any future unsporting behavior.

The Mountain West wishes to thank both the BYU and UNM athletics departments, led by ADs Tom Holmoe and Paul Krebs, respectively, for their cooperation in adjudicating this incident, and for their support of the MWC’s sportsmanship standards. Both coaching staffs and the game officials are also to be commended for their efforts at the time of the altercation to bring it under control.

  • Joey Chamberlin

    I wonder if the BYU honor code says anything about fighting… If so, will there be additional consequences for those players?