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LB Sipili suspended from school

Colorado linebacker Michael Sipili has been suspended from school for the fall semester by CU's Office of Judicial Affairs.

Sipili was informed of the decision Friday.

Sipili pled guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge on Sept. 6 in connection with a June brawl in Boulder. The 19-year-old sophomore linebacker from Hawaii was sentenced on Sept. 12 to four days on a Boulder County Jail work crew, 80 hours of community service and two years of probation.

Sipili was also suspended by CU coach Dan Hawkins for the first three games of the season, but he continued to attend classes.

He has now been ordered to stay away from campus for the rest of the semester. He will be eligible for reinstatement to the university for the spring semester.

Sipili figured to be a starting linebacker for the Buffs this season. Because he played as a true freshman, he could use this season as a redshirt season and have three years of eligibility remaining.


Posted by halluxvalgus on September 22, 2007 at 6:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This seems overly harsh, but given our recent history, we have to accept it.

Posted by ChicagoBuffsFan on September 22, 2007 at 6:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Did they also suspend the kid who started the fight?

Posted by halluxvalgus on September 22, 2007 at 6:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

great point.

Posted by Odog on September 22, 2007 at 6:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Do they suspend every kid who gets in trouble? I want proof that every kid who gets in an off campus fight is suspended for the semester. Proof that any kid who gets a misdemeanor conviction gets suspended. Do they even know about his had he not been a football player?

If they can show that Joe Shmoe gets the same punishment for a DUI on his way back from partying in Ft. Fun- then so be it. But there are questions that need to be answered.

Posted by rnorthro14 on September 22, 2007 at 6:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If you disagree and feel that the punishment is excessive, contact the office, the president and the chancellor:

OfficeOfThePresident@cu.edu, Bud.Peterson@Colorado.EDU

Posted by mtnboykev35 on September 22, 2007 at 7:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

One more Nazi decision by the CU admin!
This is why schools like Texas can have the players they have......but at least give the kid a second chance as it was his firts offense every? Harsh!!!!

Posted by JasperJohns on September 22, 2007 at 8:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is absolutely disgusting, I wish I'd graduated from Arkansas.

I'm not a big fan of giving athletes special treatment, but I'd certainly prefer that to treating athletes WORSE than normal students.

Posted by JasperJohns on September 22, 2007 at 8:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

2 consecutive posts, clearly I'm more than pissed about this.

Could this move be any more transparent? Had Lisa Simpson and her flock of disreputable attorneys not been successful in getting her ridiculous case back in court, Sipili wouldn't have been suspended at all. This whole thing reeks of a university that's desperate to scream out "Look at this! Look! We don't let our football players run amok, in fact, we treat them like garbage!"

CU's higher ups need to grow a spine and/or some sack sometime soon here, and just stand by their honest and correct claim that they had nothing to do with some young women and young men making bad personal decisions 6 years ago. This kid deserved the punishment he received in the courtroom and from the football team, but this new suspension is absolutely uncalled for.

I hope Peterson or Morales lose 6 months of their life the next time they make a mistake (just for the record, that six months should be starting NOW).

Posted by CarolinaBuffFan on September 22, 2007 at 8:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr. Neil Woelk,
Can you do an artice on if the other kids in this melee were suspended from school as well and also see if similar infractions resulted in the same punishment from non-athlete students?



Posted by CaliBuff on September 22, 2007 at 8:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is awful, the poor guy seemed so excited to get back on the field and we all know how bad we could use him. This was far too harsh.

When I was a freshman, they had this 3 strike and you're suspended rule, but I got 5 alcohol and other related offenses and I had to meet with Matthew Phillips Lopez and smooth things over, but I was never suspended. This is ridiculous!

Posted by dabuffs50 on September 22, 2007 at 8:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I am not positive on this.... But didn't Nebraska's Mo Purify get in a fight at a bar, that resulted in assault charges, and he also got a DUI very close to that time as well. He sat out one game..... WTF. I would hav eto think there is more to the Sipili case because it just does not add up.

Posted by dabuffs50 on September 22, 2007 at 8:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I also met with Matthew Phillips Lopez, hahahhahah

Posted by RWE on September 22, 2007 at 8:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks, rnorthro14. I did put a little work into the note I sent, but I don't think I would have sent one at all if you hadn't posted those. I can't stand bullies, and I'm not a fan of fighting in general, but based on everything I've read, Sipili isn't a bad kid and he doesn't deserve to be suspended.

Posted by CaliBuff on September 22, 2007 at 9:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I knew there would be more people who would say, "no way... I met with that guy too."

Posted by buff75 on September 22, 2007 at 10:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

hmmm Nebraska would have let him play two games ago for something far greater. I GET TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT STUPID LITTLE THINGS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE TEAM!!!! Administration get your head out of your a#$ and support your school and team.Hawk had the punnishment right and you you screw it up you dumb idiots. No wonder dumb Nebraska beats us. GET THE LIBERAL CRAP OUT OF THE STATE SCHOOLS!!!! CAN YOU SAY OVERREACTION!!!!I AM PISSED

Posted by WhosYourDaddy on September 22, 2007 at 10:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

CU won't tell you want happened to the other kid unless the kid authorizes that information to be released. But if that kid was drinking he also probably got suspended. CU has a strict "two-strikes" policy. The Office of Judicial Affairs often suspends CU students even if they don't get convicted, especially if those offenses occur on the Hill. If you've had anything to do with the OJA you knew he would be gone. You can't cave in someones face and expect the State of Colorado to look the other way: even if you are a football player.

Posted by Saheeb on September 22, 2007 at 10:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, every CU student convicted in a fight off-campus better be suspended from the school for a semester. Preferential treatment for athletes shouldn't go the opposite direction of what most people associate with that term either! It's not like he pulled a knife or something. I'm no apologist for out of control athletes, but this is a complete miscarriage.

Posted by WhosYourDaddy on September 22, 2007 at 10:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I know some of the other coaches preach over and over that their athlete's should stay away from the Hill. There are just too many bad things that can happen up there. There are cops on every corner and whenever they have contact with someone on the Hill they check their name against the CU student database. If the offender is a student the cop has to notify the Office of Judicil Affairs. The chances of having problems on the Hill are just too great to take the risk - especially for an athlete on a fullride scholarship.

Posted by dabuffs50 on September 22, 2007 at 12:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It wasn't even on the hill. It was way out on Table Mesa and I am pretty sure it was at a house party with alot of players, but either way it doesnt excuse the fact that he assaulted someone... I just think that the punishment was too severe unless there was some other factor out there

Posted by jwolven1 on September 22, 2007 at 12:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What a total joke. Maybe he will head to Hawaii and play with Colt Brenan. If I were him I would leave CU, and go back to Hawaii. I can practically guarantee that no other student has been kicked out for a fight off campus. And by the way, CU doesn't sponsor off campus drinking activities, so why do they even have a say? What if this happened in Rosemont, IL during the summer?

Posted by betterdeadthanred on September 22, 2007 at 1:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is a miscarriage of justice! He faced court discipline and suspension from the team for 3 games. Far more than other college football players around the nation. We should be outraged and threaten to pull our season tickets/attendance. I seriously doubt the other students were suspended for a semester. This is purely to show "institutional control" over the football program. It looks to me like a the "office of judicial affairs" is out of institutional control.
Email the president,chancellor etc. and demand accoutability.
Maybe even have fans stay away from folsom en mass for the Oklahoma game.
Money talks!

Posted by pdxbuff on September 22, 2007 at 6:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks for the mail links rnorthro14; The alumni of this University have to make it clear that we want fair treatment of student athletes. We are not asking for preferential treatment. We are not going to tolerate some Office I have never heard of just over ride the Head Coach's decision on punishment in addtion to what the court system has already handed down. These arrogant jerks sit back and let the entire process play out and then step in with their "official decision". Exactly how many self empowered Offices does CU have? We need to collectively make a stand on this one. Please contact the office of the President and demand this decision be reversed and the Office of Judicial Affairs charter and authority be reviewed. If I'm Hawk, I'm starting to really question what kind of commitment he has behind him.

Posted by buff75 on September 22, 2007 at 7:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)


Posted by extrapoint on September 22, 2007 at 8:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

unfortunately hurting the football program is exactly what these people want to do. Boycotting the games or turning in your season tickets would just give them more ammo to what they really want to do which is shut the program down entirely.
I went to CU in 69. Football was king but even back then there was a fringe left wing presence that was more than token. Needless to say Boulder has become a thousand more times "touchy feely" since then. People on the fringe on either side of the political spectrum are unable to be fair. They have way too much control in Boulder. We do need to do something collectively to show our support of the football program and our disgust with the administration. Any suggestions?

Posted by buff75 on September 22, 2007 at 9:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So why does the Wisconsin running back who beat up his girlfriend still get to play and attend school but Sipili gets kicked out of school? TO HARSH!! CU QUIT TRYING TO BE THE BIG DAWG UMONG SCHOOLS AND BE RESONABLE!! I'M STILL ANGRY AND WILL BE UNTILL THERE ARE ANSWERS!!

Posted by rnorthro14 on September 22, 2007 at 9:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The problem I have is that Sipili is paying his debt to society on top of having been suspended for three (now four and counting) games. The university's decision is basically double indemnity; Sipili now has to face more punishment for the actions which have already been processed through the justice system and for which he had already been sentenced.

I also email Bohn and Hawkins, stating that no head football coach of any top 25 program would accept this and that they would have the backing and support of the athletic directors.

Posted by extrapoint on September 22, 2007 at 9:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This punishment might fit if Sipili picked the fight or wantonly attacked another student without provocation.
Does anyone know who the self righteous pig or pigs are who made this decision? Can we contact them via email directly? I'm absolutely sure they feel it is beneath them to read these boards.
Not only will Sipili go looking for another team. I'm sure a few of the potential recruits out there will as well.

Posted by extrapoint on September 22, 2007 at 10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I was beaten by 4 cowboy types from Lafayette one night when I was in Boulder. whoever their parents were....they were able to make the assault case disappear. It would be real interesting to find out who the parents of Sipili's antagonist are.

Posted by buff75 on September 23, 2007 at 12:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)


Posted by trubuff on September 23, 2007 at 12:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Does anyone know of any other CU students who have been charged with a misdemeanor, with no priors? I am very curious as to what the admin. has done to them. If all students with no priors who get a misdemeanor get thrown out of school I guess this is Ok. But I highly doubt that is the policy. I like the idea of cracking down on discipline, but this seems a little extreme. CU needs to figure out if the want to be an Ivy League school or a Div.I football school. If this doesn't get changed this will definitley hurt recruiting. This tells recruits that if you get in a fight (even if you don't start it) you will be thrown out of school. I'm sure Calahan, Brown, Carroll, etc. are already telling all their recruits that if they go to CU this could happen to them.

Posted by WhosYourDaddy on September 23, 2007 at 9:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Camera said he was suspended for two Code violations; that means he had probably been drinking. That two strikes! Every student with two strikes gets suspended for one semester. Three strikles and OJA will expel him; unless there is violence involved in which case one strike is enough. Most two strike boots come from having two MIP's.

I've heard Bzdelick has told his players they are not allowed to go to the Hill for this very reason.

This kid put himself in a bad position and overreacted by caving the other kid's face in. Any other student would have been expelled for that kind of violence but they gave him a break because he's a football player.

Posted by men258 on October 2, 2007 at 10:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

First of all, I'd like to say that it is very unfortunate about what happened and what outcomes transpired from this whole unfortunate incident in the lives of both Sipili and Atrim...

I feel sorry for the Atrim kid whose face got messed up for life and for Mike because he really is a good kid...But this whole incident has taught everyone life's lesson and the main thing is everyone came out of it a changed person and hopefully for the better regardless...

I think important lessons were learned:
First of, next time around, be civil to each other, just walk away and if needed, call the cops on each other...don't just stand there and argue...look what happened to Atrim he got permanent damage to his face...and for Mike and the Perri kid, same thing...you guys have to realize that when you get into those kind of situations with lil people, you have to take a step back and say is this guy worth me loosing everything I have like my scholarship, my integrity, my respect for self and lastly but most importantly, letting down those who have worked hard all of my life such as family and parent(s)....

Well, as for Mike, he is a good kid, he will learn from this, everything happens for a reason...Looks like the university is giving him a chance but did the right thing by suspending him til Dec. and making him think long and hard about what he did, should he have done what he did in the first place, how to handle himself always, especially around people who want to bring him down, and if he really wants to return to colorado...Everything is going to be ok, this is not the end of the world for Mike or the Atrim kid...

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