University of Tulsa announces punishment for players after bowl game fight

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Posted at 11:38 AM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 16:43:57-05

TULSA, Okla. — The University of Tulsa, coordinating with the American Athletic Conference, concluded a review and investigation of the events related to the Dec. 31 Armed Forces Bowl.

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TU announced 13 TU players will receive appropriate and varying disciplinary action administered jointly by TU and the conference, including letters of reprimand, community service requirements and game suspensions, depending on the severity of individual actions.

“We were extremely disappointed by the actions that followed the game,” said Interim Director of Athletics Rick Dickson. “The university expects all athletic teams to set an example for excellence in sportsmanship and exhibit Tulsa’s values, including integrity and respect. The behaviors witnessed after the bowl game do not reflect the TU values we seek to instill in future leaders. As an educational institution, we will take the opportunity to help all our student athletes, not just those being sanctioned, learn from this teachable moment and ensure it won’t happen again.”

The AAC accepted Tulsa’s recommended disciplinary actions.

“While we remain disappointed that the actions of a few individuals overshadowed a competitive and entertaining bowl game, I would like to commend The University of Tulsa for its thorough and decisive action,” said American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco. “We expect the highest degree of conduct and sportsmanship from our student-athletes and will continue to hold those who do not meet that standard accountable.”

In accordance with federal privacy law, TU does not release personal/identifying information of those involved.

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