The University of Maine football team will be without its leading receiver for the first two games of the 2016 season.
Micah Wright, a sophomore from Newark, New York, has been suspended for two games by the University of Maine Student Conduct Office for violations of the student-athlete code of conduct.
“The University of Maine Student Conduct Office in the Division of Student Life concluded its investigation of alleged violations of the student conduct code by Micah Wright on May 19, 2016,” said a statement issued by UMaine athletics on Monday.
The Black Bears open the season under first-year head coach Joe Harasymiak on Thursday night at Connecticut.
UMaine athletics spokesman Tyson McHatten on Monday also confirmed that senior punter James DeMartini has been suspended for the opener, also for a violation of the student-athlete conduct code.
DeMartini was named UMaine’s Offensive Rookie of the Year last fall after averaging 40.7 yards per punt. He landed 20 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
The 20-year-old Wright was one of three people arrested by Orono police during a May 4 party at the complex that has been renamed The Reserve at Orono, formerly known as The Grove. Wright was charged with disorderly conduct.
Even before its scheduled start time of 4 p.m., a crowd of 300 to 400 students had gathered for what had been billed as a pool party at the complex. Officers from University of Maine Public Safety, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine State Police, and the Old Town and Orono police departments arrived at the complex to deal with the situation.
Wright’s case is still pending. He has a dispositional conference scheduled for Sept. 12 in Bangor, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.
Wright was interimly suspended from the football team in May because of the alleged violations of the UMaine student code of conduct. At the time, university spokeswoman Margaret Nagle said the arrest would have initiated not only the criminal justice system, but the UMaine student conduct code and the UMaine athletics code of conduct.
No further specifics about Wright’s discipline were made public on Monday.
“UMaine does not comment on Student Conduct Office cases,” the UMaine release said. “Students receive appropriate educational interventions designed to promote their development and good citizenship, as well as change the concerning behavior.”
Wright started all 11 games last season for UMaine and earned All-Colonial Athletic Association second-team honors. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound wide receiver ranked fourth in the conference with 61 catches and 818 receiving yards and his 5.55-yards-per-reception was third best in the league.
The Black Bears’ Offensive Player of the Year also scored five touchdowns and had four games with 100 or more receiving yards.
Wright will be eligible to return to action on Sept. 24 when UMaine plays host to James Madison in its CAA opener in Orono.