This season appeared for all intents and purposes to be a golden opportunity for McMaster's Kyle Quinlan.
Coming off a sterling 2010 campaign in which he was eclipsed only by Hec Crighton winner and fellow quarterback Brad Sinopoli, Quinlan seemed ready to make a run at the trophy himself.
Suddenly, all of that talk has gone out of the proverbial window.
In a story that broke today, it emerged that Quinlan was arrested Saturday night following his team's heavy 48-21 defeat to the No. 2-ranked Western Mustangs earlier that afternoon.
The arrest stems from an incident which occurred outside McMaster campus bar TwelvEighty. Early reports indicate that Quinlan became involved in an initial fight outside the establishment, at which point police officers were called to the scene.
Plainclothes officers arrived to subdue the incident, following which Quinlan was taken into custody.
He was subsequently charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, and a single count of assault.
The quarterback was released from custody later that evening with a promise to appear before a preliminary hearing on Oct. 6.
McMaster's Department of Athletics and Recreation responded to the incident by enacting its Code of Conduct and suspending Quinlan indefinitely, two days before the Marauders travel to Windsor for their third game of the season.
Athletic Director Jeff Giles gave a brief statement earlier today in which he stated, “Our Athletics Code of Conduct is clear in the standards we expect our athletes to uphold. We take that code very seriously and our athletes are all informed about the code and potential consequences when they join one of our teams.”
The Hamilton Spectator has released an initial report on the incident.
Team and administration members have been understandably tight-lipped regarding the charges.
We'll have more developments as they unfold.