Welcome to Boulder, Robert Prince.
Prince, CU`s new receivers coach, was supposed to inherit what might be one of the most talented positions on the CU roster. But that lineup took a hit Friday morning when Hawkins announced the indefinite suspension of wide receiver Markques Simas for violating team rules.
CU officials didn`t specify the rule broken by Simas, but a Boulder police report obtained by the Camera shows that Simas was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence.
According to the report, a Boulder police officer saw a gold Explorer make a U-turn without using a turn signal near 15th Street and University Avenue around 2:20 a.m. The SUV also crossed the double yellow center line while making the turn. When the of-ficer stopped the vehicle, the driver, who police identified as Simas, had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, the report said.
Simas admitted to drinking two beers and part of a third earlier in the evening, the report said.
A breath test taken by Simas shortly at the traffic stop showed he had a breath alcohol concentration, or BRAC, of 0.135, the report said. Another test administered almost an hour later at the police department showed a BRAC of 0.138.
The legal limit in Colorado is 0.08.
A press release issued by the athletic department said athletic director Mike Bohn approved of the suspension.
"This is obviously disappointing, but we are going to continue to emphasize our philosophy of excellence with class and we will uphold our standards," Hawkins said.
Simas missed the 2007 season as a redshirt, and was then academically ineligible for 2008. He finally saw the field for the first time last fall in CU`s 24-0 win over Wyoming. He secured a starting position and finished second on the team 43 receptions for 575 yards and three touchdowns.
Colorado starts spring drills on March 6, with the spring game scheduled for April 10.