Idaho receiver Dezmon Epps has been dismissed from the football team, coach Paul Petrino announced in a statement Monday.

The dismissal comes as a result of Epps "violating the conditions set forth in the disciplinary actions that had been taken earlier in the season," according to the statement.

Petrino spoke on a Sun Belt Conference coach's call early Monday morning and said the previously suspended receiver "will not be joining the team," although Whitman County prosecutors declined to file a fourth-degree assault charge against the Sacramento, Calif., native.

"We could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt," prosecutor Merritt Decker told the Daily News on Friday.

Pullman Police forwarded a fourth-degree assault charge against Epps to the Whitman County prosecutor's office last Tuesday after it was alleged he slapped or punched his girlfriend at Stubblefields bar in Pullman the morning of Oct. 25.

The 22-year-old was identified via video in an Aug. 16 shoplifting incident at the University of Idaho VandalStore and was asked to comply with team sanctions in order to stay on the team. He was also suspended for Idaho's Sept. 12 game at USC as part of those sanctions.

"When things happened with Dezmon early in the year he had some very strict restrictions on what he could do and couldn't do," Petrino said on the conference call Monday. "One of those things that we talked about he was not able to do was go out. He was out that night (at Stubblefields), so as of right now he will not be joining the team."

Asked if it's possible for Epps to rejoin the program this season, Petrino said: "Not as we speak right now, no."

Epps still leads Idaho - which just lost its second straight game in a 52-45 collapse Saturday against South Alabama - in receiving with 61 catches for 762 yards, despite playing in just six of the team's nine games.

Epps' dismissal marks the end of his collegiate career. The senior ends his career with 140 receptions for 1,742 yards and six touchdowns.

"I want to wish Dezmon all the best in his future endeavors," Petrino said.

This is now the second time Epps has been dismissed from the Idaho football program. Petrino removed the receiver from the team in July of 2014 following a "violation of team rules" after after he was arrested for alleged petit theft from WinCo in Moscow. The charges were amended to disturbing the peace, which he pleaded guilty to, and he was ordered to pay $355 in fines.

He was allowed back on the team this past spring. Petrino complimented Epps' ability to "keep his nose clean and stay out of trouble" during his one-year absence.

He was also found guilty of driving under the influence in Pullman last spring, an offense for which he served one day in the Whitman County Jail.


Michael-Shawn Dugar can be reached at (208) 883-4629, by email to mdugar@dnews.com or on Twitter to @MikeDugar.

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