LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — BYU linebacker Spencer Hadley has been suspended indefinitely from the football team following a violation of team rules.
Hadley will not be eligible to play for the Cougars against rival Utah on Saturday.
The senior from Connell, Wash., will sit out at least five games. He can’t rejoin the team until the Cougars play Boise State on Oct. 25 at the earliest.
School officials did not elaborate on Hadley’s actions other than to say it was a “violation of team rules” and BYU’s honor code, which prohibits students from using alcohol, drugs and engaging in premarital sex.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Hadley was suspended because he was caught by a Utah Utes fan clubbing in Las Vegas.
A “die hard Utah Utes fan” who went by the name “Darren Lucy” reportedly emailed Utah’s compliance office Monday afternoon a photo of Hadley partying in a Vegas club. Utah’s compliance office then forwarded the photo and email to BYU Director of Compliance Chad Gwilliam, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins confirmed Wednesday that Hadley is still enrolled as a student and that the door is open for him to rejoin the team later in the season.
“He will remain in school and work with the dean of students,” Jenkins said. “If he meets the conditions of his suspension, it will only be five games.”
Losing Hadley deprives BYU of an important defensive leader going into its rivalry game with Utah this weekend. Hadley started BYU’s first two games this season at inside linebacker and recorded 12 tackles and two pass breakups.
The 6-foot-1, 227-pound linebacker has started 16 games with the Cougars and played in a total of 39 games at both inside and outside linebacker in his career.
Tyler Beck, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior, will replace Hadley in the starting lineup during his suspension.
In 2011, BYU suspended basketball player Brandon Davies after he admitted to having a sexual relationship with his girlfriend.
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