Lehigh suspends four football players

12:43 PM, Sep 18, 2013   |    comments
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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 and 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 media luncheon.

"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 years (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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