Baylor running back JaMycal Hasty and linebacker D.J. Artis will serve suspensions in the 2018 Big 12 opener against Kansas for their roles in a scuffle between Baylor and TCU football players during Friday’s game in Fort Worth.
The Big 12 announced on Sunday that Hasty will serve a half-game suspension while Artis will serve a full game suspension in Baylor’s Sept. 22 game against the Jayhawks at McLane Stadium. The suspension of the two players will be served in 2018 since the Bears aren’t playing in a bowl game this season.
TCU safety Nick Orr will be suspended for the first half of Saturday’s Big 12 championship game against Oklahoma.
“These sanctions are the direct result of clear video evidence which shows Nick Orr and JaMycal Hasty throwing punches at opposing players, and D.J. Artis kicking and punching at TCU players,” said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
The Big 12 conducted an internal review of the third quarter confrontation in which unsportsmanlike conduct penalties were issued to both the Baylor and TCU squads. The Big 12 later determined that flagrant personal fouls by Hasty, Artis and Orr occurred during the bench-clearing skirmish.
The confrontation began after TCU defensive players Ridwan Issahaku and Chris Bradley appeared to hit Hasty out of bounds following his run to the Baylor sideline. Bradley began yelling at the Baylor bench, and he was shoved by Baylor offensive lineman Sam Tecklenburg before numerous other players joined the fracas.
“We still have moments like that altercation on the sideline, and that’s not anything I’m proud of,” said Baylor coach Matt Rhule following the game.
Baylor finished its season with a 1-11 record following the 45-22 loss to TCU.