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Two football players suspended after campus fight

September 17, 1997

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Two University of Kansas football players were suspended for one game by coach Terry Allen on Tuesday following a Saturday night fight on campus.

Redshirt freshman Jason Gulley and senior defensive back Avery Randle were suspended for a violation of team rules, Allen said in a brief statement. The statement did not specify which rules were broken.

Three students from the Kansas City, Mo., area who were walking on the west side of campus were attacked around 11:45 p.m. Saturday by a group of 10 to 15 men who had stopped their cars and approached them, police Sgt. Chris Keary said Monday.

``Based on the information that has been presented to me, it’s obvious that we had two players who were provoked into a situation in which they used poor judgment and should have avoided,″ Allen said. ``As I stated earlier, we expect our players to behave in a manner that reflects positively on our team and the University of Kansas, both on and off the field.″

No charges were filed, and no arrests were made as of Tuesday evening.

The fight came after Kansas had beaten Missouri 15-7 to improve to 3-0 in Allen’s first year.

Kansas plays at Cincinnati on Saturday.

Lawrence police have not made public any names, but Allen had acknowledged earlier that members of the football team were involved in the brawl outside of Jayhawks Towers, an apartment complex.

Several football players apparently were traveling in three cars as the university students walked in front of the dorm. Some of the football players told The Kansas City Star that they pulled their cars over after the students directed a profanity at the players in the first car.

The students told The Star that they did nothing to provoke the attack.

``We were walking down the street on the sidewalk,″ Brian Wilson, whose face was cut in the fight, told The Star. ``And I’m sure that they just saw three males, and they wanted some trouble. I’m not sure what their motives were.″

Randall, a 6-foot, 175-pounder from Dallas, was listed second on the depth chart at right cornerback and had spent last year working on the scout team as he recovered from a season-ending knee injury early in 1995.

Gulley, a 6-3, 255-pounder from Denton, Texas, played impressively this spring and was being worked in with two other players at tight end.

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