The University of Utah rugby team may well be in bigger trouble than initially reported.
Reports are circulating now that the team will be suspended for three years (it's unclear if this year counts, but the program is almost certainly anathema through 2015).
Already some other colleges are fielding inquiries from Utah players about transfers.
The suspension stems from an incident during the team's trip back from the DI-A playoffs in May, 2012. The team committed a school rules violation on a school van while traveling on a school-sanctioned trip. That combination usually garners a heavy penalty for a rugby team, and this was no different for Utah.
The team still competed during the fall, but USA Rugby agreed to change the team's registered name to the Salt Lake City Rugby Club, a men's club team. This change was made because the Utah coaches seemed to think they had been told they could play, as long as they didn't identify themselves as the University of Utah.
However, this may not have been what school administrators meant; it could have been that the school was trying to open the door for individual players to seek out playing opportunities elsewhere.
Regardless, the team continued to play a collegiate 7s season in the fall and, beginning in January, began competing again as the University of Utah. One or both of those decisions came to the attention of the university administration, and that is why they are suspended now.
Had Utah Rugby taken their suspension and followed instructions, they likely would have been able to play next fall. Now, it's likely that a current freshman will never play rugby for Utah again.