San Diego State head coach Rocky Long has suspended five players for half of the season, including starting offensive lineman Darrell Greene. Long said on Monday that the suspensions are due to the broad brushing violation of team rules.
The other players suspended were backups which include cornerbacks Derek Babiash and Billy Vaughn Jr, sophomore linebacker Fred Melifonwu and sophomore fullback Parker Wells.
"Stuff like this seems to happen from time to time," Long said via the San Diego Union Tribune. "It's a disappointing deal. These are young people who make mistakes and you have to discipline them."
Losing Greene is the biggest of San Diego State's worries of this suspension since he was the most experienced offensive lineman with 25 starts. This now means the Aztecs will essentially have to replace three starters on the offensive line.
Also, Greene is backed up at the right guard position is converted tight end Robert Craighead and defensive end Sergio Phillips. Plus, San Diego State is looking for a new center since the starter from last year, Lenicio Noble, was dismissed from the team prior to spring football.
Violation of team rules can cover nearly any miscue but whatever happened must have been serious if these five players wills it for the first half of the season.
Here are the six games which the five players will be observing from home: San Diego (Sept. 5), Cal (Sept. 12), South Alabama (Sept. 19), Penn State (Sept. 26), Fresno State (Oct. 3) and Hawaii (Oct. 10).