“I’m here to… clear my name, clear the name of my parents,” Southwick said in an interview with KTVB. “People in the community hopefully realize I didn’t do anything wrong and stop throwing my name in the mud.”
Southwick was suspended from the Hawaii Bowl and sent home by interim head coach Bob Gregory on Friday. Southwick and freshman quarterback Nick Patti missed practie earlier the day due to “team violations.”
According to Southwick, he is accused of urinating off of a balcony at the team hotel.
Southwick told KTVB that he is innocent and that another player urinated off the balcony. Southwick went to bed and was alerted the next day of the accusation.
“It just turned to finger pointing, and it ended up being three people against one person saying something, and I guess the temper tantrum of one person didn’t look good and there was no investigation. This was an absolute rushed decision, probably made in about 20 minutes.”
He said he tried to contact Boise State administrators while waiting at the airport.
“I actually reached out multiple times to certain people in the Boise State administration, saying ‘hey, I’m here ’til nine, please launch an investigation into this, let’s get to the bottom of it,’ to no avail.”
Southwick has since undergone a polygraph which suggests he is telling the truth bu the school is not interested in hearing it. Boise State has not issued a statement yet.
Boise State will play against Oregon State in the Hawaii Bowl on Tuesday. The absence of Southwick has turned the Broncos from a 3 point favorite to a three point underdog against Oregon State.