Bohl: No suspensions for charged playersFARGO — North Dakota State head football coach Craig Bohl said Monday the players charged with petition fraud will face some type of discipline, just not suspension.
By: Jeff Kolpack, Forum Communications Co., The Jamestown Sun
FARGO — North Dakota State head football coach Craig Bohl said Monday the players charged with petition fraud will face some type of discipline, just not suspension.
In a separate case, a star linebacker will plead guilty to minor in consumption.
Bohl also indicated not all is known about the situation involving 13 current or former players who are accused of signing a name other than their own to an election petition.
“There is still information coming out, information I have that is not out there that I cannot comment on,” Bohl said. “I do think it puts to bed as far as the suspension question. That has been resolved.”
Bohl said the players still have to go through a standard university disciplinary procedure in the wake of the charges last week.
“But that does not mean there’s not going to be some type of discipline,” he said, “Either through our football office — and there will be — but moreover, the fact that they’re students. There’s a whole process they have to go through from a university standpoint.”
Starters Marcus Williams, Sam Ojuri, Brendin Pierre and Josh Colville and key backups Aireal Boyd and Bryan Shepherd were among 15 people that were charged in Cass County District Court for violating state law.
Bohl’s comments reiterated a stance by athletic director Gene Taylor, who said Saturday night that “there are not going to be any suspensions … these kids don’t deserve suspension.”
Bohl said “discipline comes in all different types of forms,” but did not get specific on what options he would consider.
It’s a matter that the NCAA would not get involved with, said Colleen Heimstead, NDSU associate athletic director for compliance. She said she’s discussed the issue with the Missouri Valley Football Conference, NDSU’s league.
“It’s a legal issue and not an NCAA issue,” she said.
Meanwhile, starting outside linebacker Travis Beck will plead guilty today in Fargo Municipal Court to minor consuming alcohol, his attorney said.
A second charge of resisting a police officer will be dismissed as part of a plea agreement with the prosecution, defense attorney Bruce Quick said.
Beck, 20, was charged with the two Class B misdemeanors on July 23, two days after he allegedly ran from a police officer in the 1100 block of 16th Street North and entered a building, according to court documents. The incident happened at about 3:45 a.m.
Beck, the most valuable player in last year’s Division I Football Championship Subdivision title game, is second on the team in tackles with 12.
NDSU has an open date this week and hosts Prairie View A&M (Texas) Sept. 22 at the Fargodome.
Also, former linebacker Brandon Jemison is scheduled to appear on a summons at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Cass County District Court for his arraignment on a Class A misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure.
Jemison will be informed of his rights and the charge against him, as well as the potential penalty, which is up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. He also may enter a plea, and bail will be discussed.
Jemison is accused of exposing his genitals on July 27 while sitting on a bench outside West Acres mall, according to the charge filed Aug. 24. He was dismissed from the team.
Kolpack is a sports reporter at the Fargo Forum