UPDATED (10:10 a.m)
Idaho wide receiver Dezmon Epps, who had a breakout junior season in 2013, was arrested for driving under the influence early Sunday morning in Pullman, according to a report in Idaho's student newspaper. The arrest occurred at 800 NE Ruby St., adjacent to Stubblefield's Bar and Grill at 1:23 a.m. Sunday, the Argonaut reported.
Epps piled up big numbers last season after transferring from City College of San Francisco, catching 79 passes for nearly 1,000 yards. He had 11 catches for 121 yards in Idaho's spring game on Friday night.
Coach Paul Petrino issued this strongly worded statement to the Argonaut on Epps' arrest:
"I am aware of the situation involving Dezmon Epps and I am disappointed in his actions. I will review the matter and it will be handled swiftly and decisively. 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."
The Vandals announced on Saturday morning that they've been banned from a 2014 bowl and face reduced practice time for failing to meet the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate standards. As a senior, Epps could transfer to another school and be eligible right away because of the sanctions. Petrino said he met individually with Epps (as well as Maxx Forde, Mike Marboe and other seniors) and said he expects all of them to return.
"They’re all Vandals," the second-year coach said. "They’re all 100 percent with us.”
Petrino said Saturday that a few seniors might make statements on Monday about the APR penalties.