Louisiana Tech linebacker Brevin Randle has been “suspended indefinitely” for stomping on a defenseless player’s head during the Bulldogs’ game Friday night.
“Coach [Sonny] Cumbie and I met with Brevin Randle today and informed him that he has been suspended indefinitely as a result of the incident during last night’s game versus UTEP,” Louisiana Tech athletic director Eric Wood said in a statement released Saturday night.
Randle, a redshirt senior, drove his body into University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) offensive lineman Steven Hubbard, who was already face down on the turf.
The Texas native then stood up and viscously stomped on his head as he gyrated in pain.
Wood said Randle’s disregard for his opponent’s safety and his unbecoming conduct, falling below his program’s standards, led to the suspension.
“Our University, athletic department, and football program believe in culture, class, and competitive excellence and in no way was that displayed in that moment,” Wood said.
Wood shared that Randle acknowledged “that his action was wrong and understands the consequence.”
Officials did not flag Randle for his drastically unsportsmanlike conduct, seemingly missing the stomp.
UTEP head coach Dana Dimel said the officiating crew owned up to their mistake later in the game.
“The referee, who I really admire, came over at halftime and very gentlemanly said that he missed it,” Dimel said, according to the El Paso Times. “That’s part of the game. He (the official) was a class act, I really appreciated that.”
Randle’s actions, however, did catch the attention of the CBS broadcasting crew.
“A bit of a dirty play at the end of it,” said the broadcaster as he pointed out Randle slamming his foot down on the helmet to the defense offensive lineman.
The Bulldogs won the game 24-10.
“No place for this in football !!!” wrote Green Bay Packers running back and UTEP star Aaron Jones on X, formally known as Twitter.
“Unacceptable,” former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant posted.
Randle, a transfer from Stephen F. Austin, ranks second among Louisiana Tech players with 46 tackles and two sacks in his first six games with the Bulldogs.
Louisiana Tech moved to 3-3 on the season.
UTEP fell to 1-5.