On Thursday, first-year Washington coach Chris Petersen announced the indefinite suspensions of quarterback Cyler Miles and wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow, four days after two UW players were accused of two assaults near campus in post-Super Bowl incidents.
A source has identified Miles and Stringfellow as the two players accused. According to King County records, neither Miles nor Stringfellow have been arrested.
At Boise State, Petersen had a history of strict discipline.
That was especially true during the 2012 season, when 12 players were suspended for at least one game.
From a story written by the Idaho Statesman’s Chadd Cripe on Nov. 8, 2012:
Coach Chris Petersen takes a hard-line approach to rules. He has disciplined players frequently since taking over the program in 2006 … but never this many in one season.
He sent tight end Jared Hunter home from the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and suspended cornerback Kyle Wilson for the first three games of 2006, wide receiver Titus Young for most of the 2008 season and defensive tackle Mike Atkinson for most of the 2010 season.
One-game penalties have been scattered throughout his tenure.
This year, he has played without starters at long snapper, defensive tackle, defensive end and free safety because of disciplinary actions.
The suspensions will cost the culprits a total of more than 30 games.
“We’re going to operate a certain way,” Petersen said, “and if you’re not, we’re not changing our standard for your actions.”
Players say the expectations are clear … and the consequences are appropriate. Petersen, they say, is a “no-nonsense” coach.
Past history is a key factor in Petersen’s decisions.
“That’s the worst part of the job,” he said. “That’s not why we’re doing this. But it is part of the job. … All that matters, in terms of how you’re going to treat each other and the standards and how you’re going to operate. It’s as important as anything we do on the field.”
Petersen appeared on the Jim Rome Newsmaker show today (video above), and Rome asked Petersen about the suspensions.
“We’ll just see how this goes,” Petersen said. “There’s just a certain way that we need to conduct ourselves. I know this: that playing college football and coaching college football is a privilege and with this privilege comes tremendous responsibility and we need to do things right — we need to do everything right. And when that doesn’t happen, then there’s always going to be a consequence. So we’ll just see how this thing plays out and we’ll just take it one week at a time, and we’re going to do the right thing at the end of the day.”
Rome asked Petersen if Miles and Stringfellow were “OKGs.” Petersen: “We’ll find out. … There’s certain behaviors we’re just not going to put up with.”