UI’s Epps arrested on DUI charge
Idaho wide receiver Dezmon Epps, who had a breakout junior season in 2013, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Sunday morning in Pullman, according to the university’s student newspaper.
The arrest occurred at 800 NE Ruby St., adjacent to Stubblefields Bar and Grill, at 1:23 a.m.
A Pullman police officer saw Epps driving the wrong way on a one-way street, KXLY reported. Epps, 21, reportedly failed a sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion for misdemeanor DUI.
In a university statement, football coach Paul Petrino acknowledged “a situation” involving Epps and said he was disappointed in the wideout’s actions.
“I will review the matter and it will be handled swiftly and decisively,” the second-year coach said. “Our student-athletes will understand that there will be discipline in our program. They will learn the responsibility they have in representing themselves, the football program, and the University of Idaho in the right manner.
“We will hold our student-athlete’s accountable for their actions at all times as character and integrity will always be a priority in our program. We will learn just as many life lessons through our failures as we will through our successes.”
Epps piled up big numbers last season after transferring from City College of San Francisco, catching 79 passes for nearly 1,000 yards. The Sacramento native had 11 catches for 121 yards in Idaho’s spring game Friday.
Epps, who is a senior, could transfer to another school and be eligible right away because Idaho was banned by the NCAA from a 2014 bowl for failing to meet the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate standards.
Petrino said Saturday he had met with Epps and other seniors and expects all to return.
Community Colleges of Spokane is 3-for-3 in NWAAC tournaments this spring.
Led by sophomore Evan Omelia’s 3-under 141, which claimed medalist honors by eight strokes, the Sasquatch compiled a 606 team score for a 20-stroke margin over host Olympic at McCormick Woods in Bremerton.
CCS sophomore Cole Lorenzo tied for third at 152.
Community Colleges of Spokane had a third of the top 12 scorers, but it wasn’t enough as the Sasquatch finished a distance second to Columbia Basin in a NWAACC match at McCormick Woods in Bremerton.
CBC, which had two of the top three, including medalist Hope Neidhold at 21-over 165, beat CCS 519-547.
Brigid Rypien (North Central) was fourth at 174.
Kendra Hamm (2,599 points) and Brittany Dugger (2,585) of Community Colleges of Spokane are third and fourth, respectively, in the heptathlon after the first day of the NWAACC Multi Events Championships at Lane.
Hamm won the 200 meters in 26.01 seconds. Kara Hallock of Lane is the leader with 2,935 points.