Senior Joe Sampson and Sophomore Zac Stout have been suspended from the BYU football team. The two have also withdrawn from the University.
The Provo Police Department released more information Friday morning regarding an altercation involving Sampson and Stout. The press release reads:
“On November 1st at approximately 3 a.m. the Provo Police Department received a report of an alleged assault at the Rancharito restaurant located at 1314 North State Street in Provo. Patrol officers responded to the scene; however, many of the involved parties had left the restaurant prior to police arrival.
There are several parties involved on both sides of the altercation and witnesses. The Provo Police Department is currently attempting to identify and interview everyone involved in the incident in order to put together a complete investigation and determine the appropriate course of action. There are allegations that some members of the Brigham Young University Football Team are involved in the incident.
At this time there are no formal charges and as such we are unable to release any further information. Once the investigation is concluded the investigating officer will review the case with the Provo City Attorney’s Office to determine what, if any, charges will be filed.”
Sampson has been the starting free safety for the football team this year. In nine games this year, Sampson has recorded 33 tackles. Stout has only seen action in one game recording one tackle against Hawaii. Stout was seen as a potential starter once BYU’s current starters at middle linebacker graduate.
Sampson came to BYU from the College of San Mateo as a junior. In his first year at BYU, Sampson recorded 23 tackles, one sack and one interception. Sampson will be replaced in the starting lineup by Craig Bills.
Stout came to BYU as part of the tremendous recruiting class of 2010. Stout announced his desire to play for BYU in a press conference at Iggy’s Sports Bar with Jake Heaps and Ross Apo.