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2011 Las Vegas Bowl: ASU Coach Dennis Erickson Suspends Junior Onyeali

The Arizona State Sun Devils are preparing for their BCS bowl game matchup against the Boise State Broncos at the Las Vegas Bowl on December 22. ASU's head coach Dennis Erickson has already been informed that he will not be back with the school for the 2012 season, with the operating agreement that this bowl game will be his Sun Devils swan song.

Erickson had expressed a desire for the bowl game and associated practices to be business as usual for the team, but the news coming out of the ASU camp on Monday is certainly discouraging.

Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic was the first to report that Erickson suspended Junior Onyeali for the Las Vegas Bowl.

ASU coach Dennis Erickson has suspended defensive end Junior Onyeali for the Vegas Bowl. He is not with the team.
Dec 19 via Mobile WebFavoriteRetweetReply


The ASU Devils Twitter feed later elaborated a bit on the suspension.

Junior Onyeali suspended, will not play in Vegas Bowl, not with team. Got into verbal altercation with Dennis Erickson Monday at practice
Dec 19 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply


A short time later, Craig Morgan of CBS Sports reported that another ASU player may be in danger of missing the bowl game.

#ASU's Jamal Miles missed practice Sunday. Status for Las Vegas Bowl in doubt due to team rules violation.
Dec 19 via webFavoriteRetweetReply


Certainly, this is not the way that Erickson or the ASU administration wanted things to be shaking out as the Las Vegas Bowl approaches. Stay tuned for further updates on this situation.

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