Running back Joey Iosefa faces suspension from team activities following his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving yesterday morning.
A decision on disciplinary action will be announced tomorrow morning after coach Norm Chow and athletic director Ben Jay meet. Chow is in Los Angeles with his wife, who is hospitalized while recovering from a brain aneurysm. Chow returns to Honolulu this morning.
Based on precedent, Iosefa’s punishment will depend on how he plans to plead at his court appearance on Nov. 11.
In 2012, punter Alex Dunnachie and defensive end Alema Tachibana were arrested on DUI accusations. Unlike Iosefa’s situation, Dunnachie and Tachibana were arrested in July and June, respectively, when the Warriors were in off-season training. Both were suspended from team activities until their initial court appearances, although they were allowed to remain on scholarship and attend summer-session classes.
Dunnachie pleaded guilty at his court appearance, and was suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season. Tachibana entered a not-guilty plea. He was held out of UH games until late November, when his case was dismissed.
Being arrested is a violation of team rules. In Tachibana’s case, he suffered a longer punishment by being found not guilty than if he had accepted a guilty plea. Then again, Tachibana has a clean abstract.