WWU will remain in USAU rankings.
March 17, 2017 by Charlie Eisenhood in News with 1 comments
The Western Washington women’s team announced this week that their team had been suspended by the university for the remainder of the 2017 season.
The suspension followed the posting of an Instagram photo, since deleted, that showed players with open alcoholic beverages inside a sports club rented vehicle in California during the Stanford Invite, according to multiple sources. The WWU Athletic Code of Conduct explicitly disallows the “possession or use of…alcohol on campus or during sanctioned club activities off campus” and states that “under no circumstances may alcohol or drugs be in a motor pool or sport club vehicle.”
The team and the WWU sports club department have both declined to comment on the specifics of the case.
USA Ultimate declined to comment on the suspension, but did clarify that since WWU will not compete at Sectionals, they will not be able to earn a strength bid for their conference or their region1. Their existing results, however, will remain valid as a part of the rankings. WWU ranked #33 in this week’s USAU rankings.
This is the first major incidence of an ultimate team being suspended by a university for the remainder of the year since 2009, when the Oregon men’s team had their season ended early after playing a ‘naked point’ against Oregon State.