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Amid Sexual Assult Charges, Strong Indefinitely Suspends Two UT Players

(Image via Austin American Statesman)

(Image via Austin American Statesman)

The Austin American Statesman is reporting that Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander have been charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony, on Thursday for an incident in the early morning of June 21.

Statement from Texas president Bill Powers:

"The university campus must be an environment free from all sexual assault and violence.

"At The University of Texas at Austin, student safety is our top priority and we are involved with the national efforts to prevent a culture of sexual violence from taking root on campuses. We educate all of our students about preventing sexual assault and vigorously investigate all allegations so we can take the appropriate action.

"In response to recent allegations of sexual violence on campus, UT police has filed criminal charges against two student athletes, the football team has suspended them and an internal student judicial review is under way. I commend Chief Carter for conducting a fair and thorough investigation and Coach Strong for making a decision that is in the best interest of his team and the university.

"We encourage everyone to respect both the criminal and administrative review processes as they continue."

Statement from Coach Charlie Strong: 

"We've been monitoring and addressing the situation with Kendall (Sanders) and Montrel (Meander) since it was brought to our attention. It's been made clear to everyone on our team that treating women with respect is one of our core values, and I'm extremely disappointed that two young men in our program have been accused of not doing that. With the recent charges against them, they have been suspended indefinitely from our football team and will no longer participate in any team functions."

Click HERE to read the full article from the Statesman

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.