CARBONDALE — Blake Parzych, a senior defensive tackle for the SIU football team, was arrested early Friday morning and charged with battery and disorderly conduct.
Parzych, one of four team captains for the Salukis this season, is out on bond. Both of the charges against the 6-foot-3, 293-pound Minooka native are misdemeanors. Parzych has been suspended indefinitely from all football activities, coach Nick Hill said Saturday, pending more information about the incident.
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"Obviously, we're disappointed," Hill said. "We have eight games left in our regular season, conference season, and we're not going to allow anything or anyone to distract us from that going forward, so he's been suspended indefinitely from all team activities."
SIU (2-2) is on the bye this weekend and opens Missouri Valley Football Conference play next weekend at No. 3 South Dakota State (3-1). The Salukis open league play against the Jackrabbits, No. 8/14 Illinois State (3-1) Oct. 12 and No. 20/22 Youngstown State (3-0 heading into Saturday's game against Robert Morris), with the Redbirds and Penguins playing in Carbondale. The Salukis lost their season opener at No. 17 Southeast Missouri State, then beat UMass 45-20 and UT Martin 28-14. SIU fell 41-28 at Arkansas State, an FBS program, Sept. 21.
Parzych missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain and was questionable for next weekend's game at SDSU, Hill said Saturday. Parzych has 19 career starts and played behind starter Malik Haynes the first two games of the season. He has two tackles this year and 43 career stops.
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