PROVO, Utah -- Brigham Young running back Marcus Whalen and
wide receiver Breyon Jones, both facing criminal charges, have had
their suspensions from school for violating its Honor Code
The players had previously learned of the suspension, but had
appealed. On Wednesday, they were told that the decision to suspend
them until January was final.
Whalen's suspension appears to end his college football career.
His eligibility expires at the end of the next football season.
He has enrolled at Southern Utah University, and hoped to play
there next season. However, NCAA rules prohibit a player under
suspension at one member institution from playing at another member
school during the period of the suspension.
Regardless of the outcome of the criminal case, the two cannot
return to BYU during the suspension period, the university said.
"Marcus and Breyon, if they meet the conditions set by the
Honor Code Office and are free from the jurisdiction of the court,
could return to BYU winter semester 2005," university spokeswoman
Carri Jenkins said.
Whalen, 22, and Jones, 21, are charged with robbery, assault and
making a false statement to police.
They are accused of beating up and taking cash from an
acquaintance, Yussufu Nsabimana, during an April 14 argument over
money. Nsabimana said he was attacked twice after the three of them
and another acquaintance had been drinking at a Provo bar and
Four other Cougar football players also received sanctions this
year for honor-code violations.
Running back Reynaldo Brathwaite was expelled and cornerbacks
James Allen and Shannon Benton and defensive tackle C.J. Ah You
were suspended after an investigation into a January 2004 party
where sex and alcohol were involved. The BYU Honor Code prohibits
alcohol and extramarital sex, among other things.
Whalen led BYU in rushing in 2002 when he ran for 918 yards. He
gained just 152 yards last season after he broke his foot during
warm-ups before the season-opener.
Jones, a junior from Round Rock, Texas, red-shirted in 2001 and
saw limited action as a reserve receiver the past two seasons.