Suspended Bronco football player's fate is expulsion

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Miami's (Ohio) Steve Marck (87) makes a catch under pressure from Boise State's Lee Hightower (29) during an NCAA college football game in Boise, Idaho, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Joe Jaszewski
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Boise State football players Hayden Plinke and Lee Hightower, suspended indefinitely during the 2012 season, will not return to Boise State, the school confirmed Monday.

Plinke and Hightower violated Boise State University Policy and were expelled from school. A source close to the football team said a university conduct review panel voted to dismiss the players from school, and the move was not made by the athletic department.

Which policy Plinke and Hightower violated was not released by Boise State - which has denied KBOI-TV requests for information on its internal conduct review hearings. No public criminal charges were filed against the two players.

In a letter to KBOI-TV on January 30, Boise State University General Counsel Kevin Satterlee wrote, "The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 USC 1232g (FERPA), prohibits disclosure of student records."

Sophomore cornerback Eric Agbarogi has also left the team; reports indicate he will transfer to the University of Texas-San Antonio.

Head coach Chris Petersen also announced the following immediate roster additions from junior colleges: defensive tackle Tutulupeatau “Deuce” Mataele from Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) College, cornerback Cleshawn Page from Los Angeles Harbor College, kicker Tyler Rausa from Riverside City (Calif.) College and running back Derrick Thomas from Butler Community (Kan.) College.

Darren Lee joins Boise State football as a linebacker following a two-year LDS mission. Lee is from Lassen High School in Susanville, Calif. He was part of Boise State's 2010 recruiting class.

Also joining the roster after greyshirt seasons are Wide receiver D.J. Dean and offensive lineman Archie Lewis. Dean, from Eagle, Idaho (Eagle HS), and Lewis (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Rancho Cucamonga HS) originally signed National Letters of Intent with Boise State in February 2012.