Darius Jones suspension clarified

Wisconsin defensive lineman Darius Jones will serve his one-game suspension when the Badgers host Akron Sept. 6.

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Jones, who was suspended for violating team rules likely related to a recent citation for drunk driving and speeding, was originally given a one-game suspension Aug. 5.


"I considered a number of different options in regard to a suspension," Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said. "He will miss our home opener, which is an important game to our players, especially those from Wisconsin."


Alvarez stated the significance of each game to the team was a significant factor in the decision.


"We put thought into it and discussed it as a staff," Alvarez said. "You have to understand that our sport is one of the very few sports where every game really means something. Pro football you lose a game, so what, as long as you get into the playoffs. Basketball, same thing, as long as you get into the NCAA tournament. Every game is important to us so we are not trying to diminish any game."


The decision to suspend Jones for the home opener, rather than the first game of the season, was partly due to the nature of fall camp practice, according to Alvarez, who felt that if the team suspended Jones for the first game, it would effectively become a two-game suspension.


"If he is not going to play in the first game then we are not going to give him a whole lot of work for two weeks (during fall camp)," Alvarez said. "That is probably at least a two-week suspension. It wouldn't be fair to the other guys for him to not practice for two-and-a-half weeks. I don't know how we would get him ready for the second game. So, in essence, that would have been a two-week suspension."


Alvarez also stated that Jones had faced undisclosed discipline in addition to the suspension.


"He was punished," Alvarez said. "We took it very seriously and so did he. He has not only been punished with that but some other things that he has been disciplined with in-house. So I think it was fair."


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