By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
Boise State senior quarterback Joe Southwick told KTVB on Sunday night that he was wrongfully accused of urinating off the balcony of the team hotel Thursday, which led to him being sent home from the Hawaii Bowl on Friday.
Southwick and his dad, Jeff Southwick, told the Idaho Statesman on Sunday that the family would be making a comment but they have not spoken to us yet.
“The night it happened, I was out with the O-line, and then went in the ocean, signed in, and on the way up to my room, I stopped by someone’s room, and that’s when that whole thing went down,” Southwick told KTVB. “I witnessed the person who did it.”
He said he went to bed and was confronted by quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith the next morning. He was told he’d been accused.
Later, he said, interim coach Bob Gregory told him he would be sent home.
“I told them who did it,” he said. “And then it kind of came to a lot of finger-pointing and one side had more than one person saying one thing.”
Gregory then threatened to send both people home, Southwick said. He did not name the other person, but third-string quarterback Nick Patti also was suspended from Friday’s practice while coaches investigated.
“And I started to lose it, as you could imagine,” he said.
He was dropped off at the airport at noon Friday, he said. His flight wasn’t until 9 p.m.
“I thought some things through more clearly, about how this probably went down and why I ended up getting accused and not the other person, through the power of numbers,” he said. “… I actually reached out multiple times to certain people in the Boise State administration saying hey I’m here until 9, please launch an investigation into this, let’s get to the bottom of this, to no avail.
“… I did get a response around 6:30 Hawaiian time. It’s about 2 ½ hours away from my flight. All I got was: ‘I’m busy, I’m at dinner. If you want to discuss this more, we can discuss it back in Boise.’
“… This was a rushed decision. This was an absolute rushed decision. The decision was probably made in 20 minutes.”
Southwick said three people said he was the guilty party.
“I guess the temper tantrum of one person didn’t look good,” he said. “There was no investigation, and that’s how my (butt) ended up on a plane back home.”
Southwick says he even passed a polygraph about the incident.
“I don’t want to turn this into me going against Boise State,” he said. “I love Boise State. I mean, what they’ve been able to do for me these past five years, it’s life-changing, and this situation that occurred the last couple days, it can also be life-changing for the negative for me. And it’s just really important for myself, for my family, to get this cleared up and show that the decision-makers in place had a rushed decision. There was no process to properly adjudicate what happened.
“And it’s really disappointing that it had to come to this. But just what I’ve gone through, it’s a whirlwind.”
Southwick said he expected to play 65 to 75 percent of the game in the Hawaii Bowl.
“I have a big knot in my stomach, a hole in my heart,” he said. “But I know our guys are going to fight hard.”