Three Colorado State football players were suspended from the team and expelled from school after getting charged with disorderly conduct related to an April 6 incident in which the players beat three other students.
Colorado State announced on Friday that junior defensive end Nordly Capi, junior linebacker Mike Orakpo and junior defensive end Colton Paulhus have been expelled from school and coach Jim McElwain suspended them indefinitely, according to NBC Sports' College Football Talk.
"Virtually every student-athlete and coach is horrified, angry and embarrassed by the actions of these few," athletic director Jack Graham said in a statement. "With me, our student-athletes and coaches have accepted responsibility for these actions and for doing all we can to root out this behavior to the extent it may still exist.
"As AD, I want to make it absolutely clear that we have zero tolerance for this kind of behavior by our student-athletes."
The former players have until May 15 to appeal, according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper.
The incident occurred when freshman Donny Gocha got into an argument with the players, which included exchanging homophobic slurs. The players then allegedly beat Gocha and two of his friends when they intervened.
The Coloradoan described the fight as a "savage beating" that resulted in several injuries caused by the former players. They were charged with disorderly conduct, along with Gocha, three weeks later.
Last year, Capi led the Mountain West Conference with 10 sacks and the team with 11.5 tackles for loss. Orakpo was third on the team with 87 tackles. Paulhus had seven tackles in 11 games.