North Dakota announced Tuesday that senior captain Andrew MacWilliam and assistant captains Corban Knight, Danny Kristo and Carter Rowney have been suspended for the opening game of the 2012-13 regular season for a violation of team rules.
The suspensions are a result of a team party on Saturday, Sept. 15, according to a school-issued news release.
“The behavior in this situation was unacceptable,” North Dakota athletic director Brian Faison said in a statement. “Measures taken by the athletics department do not preclude possible additional measures by the department, or actions by the university or local and state authorities.”
“Recent actions by our team are not a good representation of our place as role models within our community,” added North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol. “We have young men of high character in our locker room, but our players, and in particular our leaders, must be accountable for their actions.”
In addition to the suspension of the team captains, Faison announced several additional team disciplinary measures including, but not limited to, athletics department-issued team probation under which any further violations by a team member could result in immediate reduction of scholarship, suspension from competition or expulsion from the program, the implementation of a mandatory team community service program and weekly team alcohol education programming.
The four captains will miss North Dakota’s game Oct. 19 against Alaska-Anchorage at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush in Fairbanks.