University of Hawaii Linebacker Jeremiah Pritchard will not be suspended for the Rainbow Warriors’ regular-season football finale against Massachusetts Saturday at Aloha Stadium.
In the first half of last Saturday’s 14-13 victory over Fresno State, Pritchard was ejected after video replays showed he threw a punch during an on-field skirmish. If the disqualification occurred in the second half, he would have faced an automatic suspension for the first half of this week’s game.
Head coach Nick Rolovich said it is “up to us” to determine if Pritchard will face team-imposed sanctions.
“It’s a selfish act,” Rolovich said. “It was an uncontrolled-emotion act. There’s no place for that in football.”
Rolovich received notification from the Mountain West Conference, of which UH and Fresno State are members, confirming Pritchard’s status for the coming game.
“There are a lot of things coming from the Mountain West that are enjoyable to read,” Rolovich told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, but “suspension letters like that are an embarrassment to the program, and the university, and more importantly, probably, to his family.”
But Rolovich said Pritchard, a true freshman, expressed remorse.
“I don’t think it’ll happen again,” Rolovich said.