The Boise State Broncos enjoyed an excellent 2012 on the field, finishing the year 11-2, winning a share of the Mountain West Conference title and capping off the year with a win over the Washington Huskies in the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl. But, the Broncos’ offseason has been filled with drama, starting with players getting sent home before the bowl game followed by the back-and-forth on their move to the Big East (which ultimately didn’t happen).
Now, the drama continues as two Boise State players have been suspended from the school for violating university rules.
According to Boise State officials, safety Lee Hightower and tight end Hayden Plinke have been banned from campus following a violation of school rules. The university has not specified the rules that were violated and has no timetable for their return to school or if they would even be eligible to return.
Hightower started the first seven games of the season, accumulating 31 tackles and an interception. Plinke, while not a starter and making just two catches all season, did appear in six games during his freshman season.
This is not the first time that the pair has run into trouble. Head coach Chris Petersen suspended both players in the run-up to the October 27 game against the Wyoming Cowboys for violating team rules. Much like now, Petersen has repeatedly declined answering questions about which rules the pair broke.
While losing Hightower and Plinke won’t make too much difference on the field (Boise State went 5-1 after their suspensions last season), it’s been headache after headache this offseason for one of the premier non-BCS college football programs in the country. Will Petersen fix his discipline problem by ridding himself of these two troublemakers or are the headaches for the Boise State program just getting started?