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Tim Cornett, Tani Maka among 5 UNLV players suspended for 1 game

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UNLV running back Tim Cornett finds running room against Hawaii during the second half of UNLV’s home opener Saturday, September 17, 2011. UNLV upset Hawaii 40-20 for their first win of the season.

5 UNLV football players suspended

KSNV coverage of UNLV football and the suspension of five players, Nov. 2, 2011.

The monumental task of taking on No. 5 Boise State Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium became even more difficult for UNLV Wednesday afternoon.

UNLV coach Bobby Hauck announced five players were suspended for the game. Leading tackler Tani Maka, a sophomore linebacker, and second-leading rusher Tim Cornett, a sophomore running back, were included in the group.

Hauck broke the news through a press release.

“Due to a violation of team rules and code of conduct, these young men will be suspended for Saturday's game vs. Boise State," Hauck said in a statement.

The other players were junior linebacker Princeton Jackson, freshman receiver Devante Davis and freshman linebacker Peni Vea. The suspension will only last for one game.

The release stated UNLV would not comment any further on the matter.

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  1. Let's get busy and build that $2 billion stadium!

  2. Being a football head coach is like trying to herd cats. Not a job for the timid, despite the compensation. Easier to run an orphanage...

  3. It's too bad that coaches have to punish players for infractions. But to turn a blind eye is worse. Look forward to the game Saturday and hope for the best.

  4. I would never watch/attend a UNLV game

  5. It stinks to have the loss of these players for this game but I am a firm believer in team/program culture. Discipline was short during the previous coach's tenure but not now.

    Coach Hauck, these players will thank you later. I'll thank you now for making tough decisions that will have a long-term positive impact.

    Good luck this weekend. Go Rebs!

  6. It's hard to make a judgement on this move without knowing what the players actually did. All I know is, being a hard nosed disciplinarian during success droughts is the quickest way to lose the team. Ask Tom Coughlin why he changed his coaching style in New York.

  7. Why post anyting at all, if you don't care about UNLV....I guess to suggest you're above attending UNLV games? Okay...thanks, I'll stick with rooting for my alma mater...and if the sun EVER shines on our program, and you have a change of heart...I'll still be here, a true fan of my school.

  8. I totally support Hauck's decision no matter what the infractions were. An infraction is an infraction. But I wish someone would dig around and report what they actually did.

  9. I believe the players was caught on camera stealing from the University equipment room, stealing UNLV gear.

  10. Bad time for this to happen with Boise State the next opponent