Based on an internal examination of a recent altercation among members of the Golden Bear football team, head coach Sonny Dykes has taken disciplinary action against one of the players involved. The decision is independent of an ongoing UC Police Department investigation and any campus student conduct measures that may be enacted.
The player who instigated the incident has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities, will attend counseling and must perform 25 hours of community service to be considered for reinstatement.
“There is no excuse for what occurred,” Dykes said. “We are building a culture of accountability and trust within our football program. Our players understand those expectations and know that they should hold themselves to high standards at all times, whether that’s on or off the field or in the classroom. Any violation of that code of conduct will always be taken very seriously.”
“I am confident in the program that Coach Dykes is building and the values he is instilling among the young men on our football team,” Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour said. “All of our student-athletes are expected to maintain themselves in a professional and respectful manner and take responsibility for their actions. After gathering the facts in this particular situation, it was clear that did not occur, and we feel we have taken appropriate disciplinary steps.”