MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University senior cornerback Brandon Hogan won't play in Saturday's noon home game against Maryland (2-0).
On Tuesday, Coach Bill Stewart suspended the starter for an indefinite period of time following Hogan's arrest after 3 a.m. Sunday for driving under the influence.
Not only will Hogan not play for the 21st-ranked Mountaineers (2-0) in Saturday's game, Stewart stopped short of saying Hogan would be back with the team before the season ended.
"I alone will handle the discipline and the punishment in a fair, firm and strict manner," Stewart said at his weekly press conference. "He will rejoin the Mountaineer team when I deem fit."
Three weeks before the start of football practice at West Virginia, Stewart preached about the pride in his program and how so many players had taken ownership of the way things worked.
Stewart remembered warning players about pitfalls, temptation and foul play that awaited their first misstep.
He talked to them about the evil and vices around beer joints downtown.
And if the players chose to subject themselves to that, the decision was theirs. The punishment, if ever applicable, would be up to Stewart.
"Listen very carefully to this. It's my whole life and if it's corny to some, they can kiss my grits," he said. "This is what they'll put on my tombstone. If all I teach these guys is to block and tackle, than I've failed miserably as a head football coach. What I'm trying to teach them is how to be successful in life. I mean that. I'm teaching these guys the same things I teach my son. What kind of guy are you in your daily walk? How do you treat people? Are you accountable? Are you a good teammate?
"If you're not a good teammate, how the hell are you going to be a good dad, a good husband, a good part of society? Think about this: If you can't be a good teammate, where are you going to fit in? You can't fit in in a marriage, can you? You can't fit in in a business. You sure as hell can't fit in in the military - somebody would shoot you. If you can't be a good teammate, how the hell are you going to make it out there in the world?"
Hogan, 22, was pulled over for driving the wrong way down that one-way street. He failed field sobriety tests, was taken into custody and arraigned without incident and later released on bond. In April Hogan was cited for disorderly conduct and public urination downtown. Stewart also decided to keep Hogan out of a majority of spring practice that month because he was out of shape and not performing up to expectations in the classroom,
All seemed forgotten, if not forgiven, during preseason practice when Hogan was included on the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award and reclaimed his first-team spot from redshirt freshman Brodrick Jenkins. Stewart spoke highly of Hogan's corrections and the way one understood the other because of a bond the two shared.