BI Mathis and Possibly Others to Leave BYU?

The revelation today by The Deseret Morning News that BYU's Honor Code office has suspended two freshmen football players for one year and disciplined two others could lead to at least four – and possibly more – players leaving the Provo school, <b></b> has learned.

Gail Jones, the mother of B.J. Mathis, one of the two suspended players named by The Deseret News, confirmed to TBS her son will transfer and will not return to BYU. She indicated she was aware of at least three other players who may also leave BYU.

TBS has not independently confirmed this report with the families of these players. Recent reports by several player parents indicate their sons have been unhappy in Provo since they were named by the Provo Daily Herald and residents of an apartment where an alleged rape incident occurred. Neither the Provo Police nor the Utah County Attorney's office has released any findings of their 2 ½ month investigation.

The Deseret News reported today that Mathis and Billy Turner were suspended for a year and fellow freshmen Karland Bennett and Ibrahim Rashada were also disciplined by BYU's Honor Code office.

The Honor Code office pursued their own independent investigation and school officials did not release any details or reasons for their actions prior to any pronouncements or formal findings by the Utah County Attorney or Provo Police Department. The affected players still have an opportunity to appeal the Honor Code office decisions.

Mathis remained in Provo today, but this mother said, "Oh, he's leaving Provo and he won't be back to play football there again. It's not like BYU is the only place he can play. He'll look and play for other schools. Other schools would love to have him."

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