Bethlehem, PA (Sports Network) - Lehigh University has suspended four football
players indefinitely following an off-campus incident Tuesday night.
Head coach Andy Coen did not identify the players, although the Express-Times
of Easton, Pa., reported sophomore defensive back Russhon Phillips, 19, was
arrested by Bethlehem police early Wednesday, accused of aggravated assault
causing a serious injury in a fight outside of a bar.
"There was an incident last night and the details are still being
investigated," Coen said, reading a prepared statement at Lehigh's weekly
"I have learned enough from our guys to make a decision they'll be suspended
from the team immediately. Team suspension is a serious matter and I want to
deal with these guys in a manner consistent with our program. I have now done
that and I turn my attention to assuring all the team members learn from this
incident and that the individuals involved have the appropriate support to
confront and deal with their responsibility associated with their behavior.
"This is the first time I've had to deal with anything like this in eight
(at Lehigh), so I'm obviously not very happy. We speak to our players often
about accountability and they're accountable for the decisions they make.
Obviously, these guys made poor decisions and we're going to hold them
accountable from our standpoint."
The Mountain Hawks (2-0), ranked 22nd in The Sports Network FCS Top 25, travel
to Princeton for a non-league game Saturday evening.
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