The Oregon State Beavers will be without two key parts of their defense on Saturday when they take on the Cal Poly Mustangs...Well, at least for a few quarters. Head coach Jonathan Smith announced on Monday that defensive tackle Gus Lavaka and defensive back Kaleb Hayes have both been suspended for the first half for their conduct in the team's loss to Hawaii.
During the first half of last week's game, Hayes got into an altercation with a Hawaii player. He had to be separated by fellow OSU players and as he was being pushed to the sideline he could be seen throwing a punch at one of his own teammates. The altercation happened directly in front of Coach Smith.
Hayes wasn't the only player to throw a punch that night. Following the final play of the game, Lavaka got into an altercation with the Hawaii sideline and threw a punch at one of the Rainbow Warriors. The event didn't escalate from there, but that didn't stop Coach Smith from coming down on both players on Monday.
Fight breaks out at the end of the Oregon State-Hawaii game... pic.twitter.com/kd2YhQ1J5w— Wager Street (@WagerStreet) September 8, 2019
"Obviously we had a couple of incidents that we're not real excited about, starting with Gus Lavaka after the game," said Coach Smith during his weekly press conference.
"Gus made a bad choice in his response, there's no question. Below the standard that we want around here...When I told him that he will not play in the first half of this next game, it did not go over well with him. That's tough to deal with, but there's a standard here and he fell short of that. Same (with) regard to Kaleb Hayes."
You can hear all of Coach Smith's press conference in the video below.