Boise State quarterback suspended from Hawaii Bowl, claims innocence

Dec. 23, 2013 at 4:25 PM
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BOISE, Idaho, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick said he was sent home from Hawaii for a team rules violation, but said the coach is accusing the wrong player.

Southwick was suspended from the team by Coach Bob Gregory a day after the Broncos arrived for the Hawaii Bowl for an undisclosed rules violation. Teammate Nick Patti missed the team's first practice in Honolulu due to "team violations," a team spokesman confirmed, but has since been reinstated without a reason given, KTVB-TV, Boise, Idaho, reported Monday.

Southwick said he was sent home for alleged urination from a hotel balcony, but told KTVB-TV it was another player committing the act, and that Southwick witnessed it.

While he admitted he lost his temper over the accusation, Southwick added: "I guess the temper tantrum of one person didn't look good and there was no investigation. This was an absolute rushed decision, probably made in about 20 minutes. People in the community hopefully realize I didn't do anything wrong and stop throwing my name in the mud."

Boise State plays Oregon State Tuesday.

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