Posted by Chip Patterson
After a run-in with local police, two East Carolina football players have been suspended for the Pirates' season-opener against South Carolina on Sept. 3.
Wide receiver Michael Bowman and cornerback Emanuel Davis were arrested over the weekend in Greenville. Bowman's charges include disorderly conduct and resisting a public officer; Davis was charged with being intoxicated and disruptive in public while also resisting a public officer. Both players are seniors, and will conduct 25 hours of community service in addition to the one-game suspension and any possible court sentence.
"Representing East Carolina University is a privilege and any behavior which contradicts that is simply unacceptable," said East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill in an official release. "There's a level of expectation with conduct standards we have in place, especially with seniors who are in leadership roles. I'm both disappointed and embarrassed with the decisions Michael and Emanuel made and we will continue to hold one's accountability very seriously."
Davis is a two-time All-Conference USA selection and is expected to anchor a secondary that has nowhere to go but up. East Carolina ranked 107th nationally in pass defense in 2010, giving up 252.1 yards per game. Bowman ranked fourth on the team in receptions, pulling in 46 catches for 422 yards and three touches. As pointed out by CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy, the suspensions come at an odd time considering the Pirates' opponent for that game, South Carolina, announced the reinstatement of cornerback Victor Hampton. Hampton was dismissed last week for violating team rules.