Arizona vs. UCLA Football Fight: 10 Suspensions Handed Down by Pac-12 Office

Casey CroweFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2011

Arizona interim coach Tim Kish
Arizona interim coach Tim KishChristian Petersen/Getty Images

There were two areas of real depth on the Arizona roster entering the year: receivers and defensive backs.

The wideouts are still fully intact.

Consider the secondary annihilated. It will rival the linebacking corps in lack of ready-now Pac-12 level talent, at least for 30 minutes of game time next Saturday at Washington.

The Pac-12 suspended 10 players for actions in Thursday night's Arizona-UCLA brouhaha in Tucson, meaning Arizona's pass defense will be a point of weakness against Huskies' QB Keith Price.

Besides extending by one game the suspensions of Arizona's Shaquille Richardson and UCLA's Taylor Embree—both were ejected right after the incident and sat out the second half—the tape showed the offenses of eight other players.

All three on the Wildcats side play in the defensive backfield.

Freshman nickelback Jourdon Grandon will miss the entire Washington game. Safety Mark Watley and corner Lyle Brown will miss the first half. 

Along with the penalized, Arizona is without two projected starters because of offseason ACL tears. All told, it will be minus five possible rotation members in that unit next weekend, for Tim Kish's second-ever head-coaching gig.

However, Arizona's three best DBs will not miss any time. Safeties Robert Golden and Marquis Flowers—who is emerging as a force during his sophomore campaign—are still there along with senior corner Trevin Wade.

The rest of the playing time will go to inexperienced freshmen and sophomores. Guessing some of that deep pool of receivers will be made available for emergency-DB purposes.

From the other sideline, UCLA will play without a gang of receivers in its next game, vs. Cal.

Besides Embree—the son of Colorado coach Jon Embree—wideouts Ricky Marvray, Randall Carroll and Shaq Evans will miss that one. Defensive lineman Cassius Marsh will miss the next two and offensive guard Alberto Cid will sit out the first half.

Conference commissioner Larry Scott espoused the requisite disappointment in handing down the punishment, saying it was "unacceptable behavior" and that it "violated Conference rules, as well as NCAA fighting rules," according to a Pac-12 news release.

And via the Arizona Daily Star's Ryan Finley, Arizona coach Tim Kish, the man who took over just before the game for the fired Mike Stoops, was "disappointed for both Arizona and UCLA."

The whole ruckus was spurred because a streaker distracted the officials from disrupting the early phases of what turned into a cross-the-field brawl at the end of the first half.

According to Anthony Gimino of, that streaker faces up to 1.5 years in jail.

Sure, it was funny and all, but the glory-gained-to-time-served ratio just doesn't compute.

And what happened in the aftermath of his run into YouTube history surely is not going to help his case.