BYU's Sampson and Stout suspended, withdraw from school

BYU's Sampson and Stout suspended, withdraw from school

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - BYU starting safety Joe Sampson and backup linebacker Zac Stout have both been suspended for violating team rules, and both have withdrawn from school.
PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall today announced senior defensive back Joe Sampson and sophomore linebacker Zac Stout have been suspended from the team for violation of team rules. Both players have withdrawn from school and will not return this season.

Sampson started in eight of nine games this year at free safety with 33 tackles to give him 56 career stops in his two seasons at BYU. Stout appeared in one game at inside linebacker in 2012 with one tackle. He made 21 tackles in 10 games as a true freshman in 2010 before missing the 2011 season due to injury.

The Provo Police Department released a statement on Friday morning regarding a November 1 fight allegedly involving BYU football players.

The statement said:

"On November 1st at approximately 3:00 am 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."

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