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October 14, 2011

Yale Football Player Suspended for October 15 Game at Lafayette

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League announced today that it has suspended Yale football sophomore defensive back Nick Okano for the Oct. 15 game at Lafayette for a targeted hit that resulted in a personal foul during the Oct. 8 Dartmouth-Yale game. 

Rule 9, Section 6, Article 2 of the 2011-12 NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations Manual states when a foul is called for initiating contact/targeting a player "that does not result in a player disqualification, there shall automatically be a video review by the conference for possible additional sanctions before the next scheduled game."

Additionally, as outlined in the Ivy League presidents’ July 2011 series of recommendations aimed at lowering the incidence of concussions and sub-concussive hits in football, the video review of helmet-to-helmet and targeted hits conducted by Executive Director Robin Harris includes taking appropriate but firm action in response to such hits, including suspension when appropriate.

Okano, the starting strong safety who has 15 tackles and one interception this fall, is eligible to return to game action for Yale’s Oct. 22 game at Penn.