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Yesterday the Southwestern Conference of the MCLA issued a press release announcing a disciplinary ruling on the University of Nevada Las Vegas men’s lacrosse team. The news leaves both a player and the head coach suspended for the remainder of the 2010 season and the entire 2011 season. The UNLV team is officially on probation until the end of the 2010 season. Below is the full release:

The Southwestern Lacrosse Conference’s (SLC) Executive Board and League Directors regret to inform that they have had to take immediate and swift disciplinary action against the UNLV Men’s Lacrosse program.

On March 5th, in a game against Utah, #4 Eric Jones was ejected from the game for his participation in a fight.

The next day, in a game against Arizona on March 6th, the same #4 Eric Jones was not held out of the contest by the UNLV coaching staff, as is required by Rule 5, Section 12 of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rulebook: The penalty for an expulsion foul shall be a three-minute nonreleasable penalty, ejection for the remainder of the game in which the foul occurred and suspension from the next intercollegiate contest of the team. Subsequently, to compound the mistake, #4 Eric Jones was involved in another altercation in this Arizona game as well, and was ejected for the second time in two days.

The Executive Board and League Directors would like to point out that they understand lacrosse is a physical sport. However, all of its participants are always expected to honor and play by the rules that govern our sport; there is a certain standard of respect and sportsmanship that is always expected to be demonstrated by all participants. We take these incidences very seriously, particularly the playing of an ineligible player. The Executive Board and League Directors would also like at this time to point out that #4 Eric Jones had began the season serving a 4 game suspension for his part in an
incident that occurred at the Best of the West Fall Ball Tournament. Head Coach Gary Campo had also begun the season serving a 4 game suspension for his involvement in this incident as well; and in addition to the 4 game suspension, was coaching under a two year probationary period by the SLC.

The SLC Board of Directors has come to a final ruling in regards to the UNLV Men’s Lacrosse Team and player actions during the March 5th and 6th regular season games, they are as follows:

Consecutive Game Expulsion of Eric Jones, #4, for Fighting
Eric Jones, #4 for UNLV Men’s Lacrosse, has been SUSPENDED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2010 AND ALL OF THE 2011 SLC/MCLA LACROSSE SEASONS. This includes all “Fall Ball” play as a member of the any SLC Team. This decision is final and a result of being kicked out of two games in a row for fighting. The Board strongly recommends that Eric Jones be given time to gain a better understanding of his actions and has requested that UNLV provide him with student counseling in this matter. Should Eric Jones wish to return his Senior year, and play in the 2012 season, he will be allowed to do so.

Head Coach Gary Campo & Playing of Ineligible Player
Coach Gary Campo, currently on SLC Probation from a November 2009 Infraction, is hereby SUSPENDED FROM COACHING ANY SLC TEAM FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2010 AND ALL OF THE 2011 SLC/MCLA SEASONS. This includes any “Fall Ball” activities representing an official member of the SLC. This suspension is the result of Coach Campo allowing an ineligible player (Eric Jones, #4) to compete in the March 6th game versus the University of Arizona, a violation of his probation.

UNLV Men’s Lacrosse Team
As a result of the infractions committed on March 5th & 6th, 2010, the UNLV Men’s Lacrosse Team has been placed on PROBATION BY THE SLC THROUGH THE END OF 2010 SLC ANNUAL MEETING. This is an SLC Administrative Probation, and if they qualify, they will still be allowed to participate in the play-offs. However, if the UNLV Team commits further actions deemed to be in violation of its probation during this time period, penalties MAY include: expulsion from the SLC, fines, deemed ineligible for Post Season Play, and/or other remedies that are decided upon by the SLC Board of Directors.

This is the ruling of the SLC Executive Board and its League Directors, it does not preclude further action being taken by the MCLA Executive Board towards the individuals involved, the UNLV Men’s Lacrosse team, or the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference.



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  • That penalty definitely sends a message. I personally think suspending the coach for all of next season goes too far. For a lot of MCLA teams, losing your head coach is akin to the NCAA death sentence delivered to SMU, but maybe not in the Vegas metro area.

    The player's punishment on the other hand is just. The MCLA and its fans does not need some guy racking up misdemeanors on road trips. It's bad for the league and it's bad for the sport.

    Interesting too that they're both MCLA wide suspensions, the head honchos must have been pretty PO'd too.

    • I think a lot of the reason they came down so hard was because of the Fall issues. The UNLV/UVU game was called off because the ref made a call against the same player and on his way off the field the kid pulled down his pants and mooned the ref. I didn't get the rest of the details on what happened after that, but I know the ref of the BYU/ASU game at the end of the day had to leave the game to give a police report because (according to one of the fans I was by that knew the ref) the UNLV coach had made a threat on his life. I saw the police and saw them talking to the ref, but I can't confirm everything except for the mooning and the cops.

      Should these be stories be true (pretty good chance), I am sure that is why this was dealt with in such a harsh way.

  • The SLC's board is filled with the SD coaches. According to close SLC sources the SD coaches on the board are close friends who care only about winning. A two year coaching suspension for a rising team sounds very suspect and fishy.
    Duante Stallworth can drive drunk, kill someone, and he only gets a one year suspension? Ron Artest can run into the stands and fight fans but he only gets a one year suspension? Who does the SLC board leaders think they are? They are proving to be absolute jokes. This suspension is ridiculous and I deeply question these men's integrity.This is clearly personal.

    • On the collegelax board the support for this decision is pretty strong, and national. Not just people from SD. This isn't pro sports. Don't try to compare it. It sounds like this was just another incident following a string of earlier incidents involving this team and coach. Suspending him for a long time might be saving UNLV, not hurting them. Perhaps they need to go in another direction with their staff. I for one am glad to see the MCLA taking a really strong stand against stuff like this.

      Agree completely that the site sucks at getting news and reports up promptly. Probably not the developers' faults though. Doesn't the MCLA have a secretary or a media relations person? Shouldn't that person be getting news, league decisions, etc. up before you find it anywhere else. Shouldn't they also be creating more content?

  • does anyone know if this coach is the father of a player? they have an attackman with the same last name on their roster, which is why I ask… he's a junior, so if his dad is the coach, then he no longer gets to coach his son… I don't really care either way, because it sounds like this coach should have taken steps to control this other player before any of this happened, but that kinda sucks for the family (if that's the case). Anyway, it's done and time for a UNLV staff shake up regardless…

  • Actually, it was a different guy on the team who mooned the ref; also a different guy then the one who turned to the ref after getting a penalty and yelled, “Suck my……..”. The game at Best of the West was called because of all the penalties that UNLV was getting. As the refs were picking up their flags to walk off of the field, one of them got banged into. At the same time, Coach Campo was yelling at the refs, “I'll fight you right now…..I'll kill you!” There were some curse words thrown in there as well, but I'm pretty sure the later part I think is what got the cops called to the field

  • In defense of the coach's death threats, I can corroborate that Vegas refs are awful.

    Otherwise, I don't see this ruling as being excessive in light of multiple fights with no substantiated discipline. UNLV has a lot of potential, and I hope they don't get too down about this ruling as a team.

    • I love lacrosse as much as anyone, but it's a game and you don't threaten to kick someone's a** over them throwing a piece of yellow laundry. Sounds like UNLV took their mascot a little too seriously and needs to grow up.

  • Here is what really happened @ the UNLV/Utah Valley University game, @ about 3 minutes left in game (running 30 minute halfs) the score was tied. The UNLV player began to shove and took swing @ UVU player. UVU player threw up his arms a was backing up. The referees stepped in, penalized the player and tried to restart the game, what happened over the next three minutes was the most unsportsmanlike actions I have ever seen as a spectator. The coaches came onto the field , there was physical contact by them with the referees, multiple penalties, several players came onto the field during this time, and the outcome was that by all of this the team came away with a tie instead of having 3 minutes of being penalized and probably would have lost this game, oh, and as far as “mooning” was involved there were several players that participated after the game was called due to time! The next day as UNLV played Westminster College (Salt Lake City) they did similar time wasting by getting multiple penalties until game ended when Westminster came within 1 goal of evening the score. This appeared to be the way this team was coached so I do not feel sorry for them to lose his “guidance” for several years.

  • I was an underclassman at BHS when “Magic” was a senior there…. He was a cocky hot shot jerk then, and obviously still is now.
    Kid got what he had coming to him…karma.

  • Maybe while they're looking into stuff at UNLV, they'll find out there are kids playing on the lacrosse team that don't even go to UNLV. I'm pretty sure that's against the rules, too. If I ran that program, I'd wipe the slate clean with the coaching staff before they ruin UNLV lacrosse.

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