Thirteen players from the University of Tulsa football team will see disciplinary action for their part in a brawl that took place at the Armed Forces Bowl.
According to the Tulsa Fox affiliate, the players, whose names will not be released, will receive letters of reprimand, community service and game suspensions, depending on the severity of individual actions.
“We were extremely disappointed by the actions that followed the game,” said interim director of Athletics Rick Dickson. “The university expects all athletic teams to set an example for excellence in sportsmanship and exhibit Tulsa’s values, including integrity and respect. The behaviors witnessed after the bowl game do not reflect the TU values we seek to instill in future leaders. As an educational institution, we will take the opportunity to help all our student athletes, not just those being sanctioned, learn from this teachable moment and ensure it won’t happen again.”
TU head coach Philip Montgomery said immediately after the brawl that behavior would not be tolerated.
“I want to thank our Athletic Department staff and The American, who together worked diligently to take action on this matter,” said TU interim president Janet K. Levit. “The communication between our university and the conference has been exemplary and is marked by shared values, shared concerns and the shared goal of preparing students to become ethical leaders.”