The University of San Diego is disciplining approximately half its football team due to a hazing incident that occurred earlier this month, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Players will face “varying degrees of disciplinary action,” University of San Diego president James T. Harris III wrote in a letter to staff members, which was obtained by the newspaper. Some will receive “indefinite game suspensions,” Harris wrote, though the Union-Tribune reported that Saturday’s game against California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is still on.
It is unclear how many Toreros players will miss Saturday’s season opener, which is also the first game under new head coach Brandon Moore, who was hired earlier this year.
The university has reportedly conducted a preliminary investigation of the hazing—and shared those results with local law enforcement—as well as brought in an outside firm to launch an independent review. Details of the investigation have not been publicly released, but the Union-Tribune reported that University of San Diego officials said no players were believed to have been physically harmed.
Hazing in college athletics captured the national headlines earlier this year when an explosive scandal emerged at Northwestern University, where football and baseball players claimed their teams had long engaged in such actions, prompting multiple lawsuits, a university investigation and the firing of the head football and baseball coaches.