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Idaho football team dismisses troubled receiver Dezmon Epps

Idaho senior receiver Dezmon Epps was kicked off the team Monday after multiple public off-field incidents over the last year and a half. Epps’ name was removed from the official Sun Belt stat leaders Monday.
Idaho senior receiver Dezmon Epps was kicked off the team Monday after multiple public off-field incidents over the last year and a half. Epps’ name was removed from the official Sun Belt stat leaders Monday. Associated Press file

Two weeks after given an indefinite suspension, Dezmon Epps is now gone for good from the Vandals’ football team.

Epps was given the suspension after he allegedly hit his girlfriend early Oct. 25. Pullman (Wash.) police recommended fourth-degree assault charges, but the county’s prosecutor did not file them because of insufficient evidence and a lack of cooperation from the alleged victim. It was the most recent in a string of off-field incidents involving Epps since April of 2014.

That month, he was arrested for driving under the influence, then that summer was charged with petit theft for stealing groceries. He was not with the team last season, but returned in time for spring practices in March. In June, he was charged in a traffic incident in which he was driving without privileges and not using his court-mandated interlock device. He was suspended for the Sept. 12 game at USC after he stole clothing from a campus bookstore in August.

“I want to wish Dezmon all the best in his future endeavors,” coach Paul Petrino said in a statement.

Epps played in six games this season, catching 61 passes for 757 yards and two touchdowns. In 2013, he had a team-best 79 catches for 980 yards and four touchdowns after transferring from City College of San Francisco.

Petrino said in September “he’s doing a lot of things where we’re trying to help him,” noting there were stipulations for him remaining on the team. He wouldn’t elaborate at the time, but a few hours before announcing Epps’ dismissal, he said the fact Epps was at a bar when the alleged assault happened was enough.

“One of those things that we talked about what he was not able to do was go out,” Petrino said on the Sun Belt coaches’ teleconference. “He was out that night, so as of right now he will not be joining the team.”

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