University of Maine wide receiver and punt returner Micah Wright, running back Darian Davis-Ray and defensive lineman Uchenna Egwuonwu were suspended indefinitely from the institution and the football team earlier this week for alleged violations of the UMaine student code of conduct.
All are juniors.
The University of Maine released a statement saying the school’s Student Conduct Office in the Division of Student Life is conducting an investigation.
University of Maine spokesperson Margaret Nagle said in an email that she wasn’t aware of any law enforcement actions, on or off campus, that were connected to the suspension.
“The Student Conduct Office investigation is in response to a student complaint,” Nagle wrote.
University of Maine head coach Joe Harasymiak said the investigation is ongoing and that he “didn’t know a lot about it. I wish I did. Unfortunately I don’t. It’s out of my hands.”
He added that he hopes the investigation can be wrapped up soon but noted “that kind of stuff takes time.
“I just want to settle the team and get ready for the season. Obviously, we would like to have them here but the situation is what it is.
“We have to keep ramping away at it and see how we do. It’s just like having an injured guy. You have to have the next guy step up. We’ll get some quality reps out of guys who may not have gotten them. Hopefully, it will end up benefiting us in the end,” said the second-year coach.
This marks the second suspensions for Wright and Davis-Ray, who each missed games a year ago for violating the student code of conduct. Wright missed the first two games of the season and Davis-Ray was suspended for the game against Bryant University of Smithfield, Rhode Island.
Wright served a two-game suspension after his arrest in May 2016. He originally was charged with disorderly conduct, a Class E crime, after police dealt with a large party on May 4 at an Orono apartment complex that caters to students.
In a plea agreement with the Penobscot County district attorney’s office last September, that charge was dismissed. Wright instead admitted to a civil violation of illegally possessing alcohol and paid a $300 fine.
The Newark, New Jersey, native led the Black Bears with 44 pass receptions, 688 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches.
The Hero Sports Football Championship Series honorable mention All-American was second in the CAA in touchdown receptions, third in receiving yards per game (76.4) and fifth in receptions per game (4.89).
His 11.1-yard punt return average was tops in the CAA.
Wright is a 2017 preseason All-CAA pick.
He was an All-CAA second-team choice two seasons ago after making 61 receptions for 818 yards and five touchdowns. He was named the team’s offensive player of the year.
Davis-Ray, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, appeared in eight of UMaine’s 11 games and carried the ball 62 times for 280 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry. He also caught four passes for 75 yards.
Egwuonwu, from Union, New Jersey, tied for seventh on the Black Bears in tackles with 40 last fall. He had 3.5 tackles for loss and had one sack and one pass break-up.
All three were missing from UMaine’s first practice on Wednesday.
The Black Bears are coming off a 6-5 campaign, 5-3 in the CAA.
A season-ending 24-21 loss to arch-rival the University of New Hampshire prevented UMaine from making the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Harasymiak and his team will open the season at the New Hampshire on Aug. 31.
BDN writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.