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  • Benson finishes jail time without spending time in jail

    Aug. 7, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas running back Cedric Benson completed the terms of his eight-day jail sentence Saturday without spending any time behind bars.

    Benson was sentenced to jail Friday after pleading no contest to misdemeanor criminal trespassing during the 2003 season.

    But due to jail crowding, he was able to avoid jail time by earning four days credit for good behavior, two days time served when he was arrested and two days for checking in Friday and Saturday, Travis County sheriff's department spokesman Roger Wade said.

    Wade said Benson checked in at the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle on Saturday morning and was released a short time later after paying his $1,000 fine. Benson also was ordered to pay restitution of about $500.

    The 21-year Midland native was arrested and charged in October, when police said he kicked down the door of an Austin apartment in a failed attempt to recover a plasma television he had reported stolen.

    Benson is expected to report to campus Monday with his teammates and participate in the first preseason practice Tuesday.



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  • DJRamFan
    Texas suspends reserve RB after drug arrest
    by DJRamFan
    Dec. 21, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    AUSTIN -- Texas reserve running back Erik Hardeman, who had not played this season because of academic problems, has been suspended indefinitely from the team after a felony arrest on a drug charge.

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    Police say they found about 20 grams of cocaine in a car Hardeman was riding in last week.

    According to Austin police, Hardeman was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance on Dec. 14 and a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge after the car was pulled over on a traffic stop.

    The second degree felony charge carries a penalty of two to 20 years in prison.

    Through a spokesman, coach Mack Brown said Hardeman was suspended indefinitely "pending the outcome of the legal process." Hardeman had not been scheduled to travel with the No. 6 Longhorns for their Rose Bowl matchup with No. 13 Michigan on Jan. 1.

    The arrest affidavit on the felony charge was not immediately available at the Travis County clerk's office. But according to the arrest affidavit filed on the misdemeanor, police smelled marijuana in the car and found less than an ounce on Hardeman. They also said they found "several baggies" full of white powder on the floorboard of the rear passenger seat where Hardeman was riding.

    Police said tests showed the powder was cocaine.

    Police also said Hardeman, 19, was carrying $3,774 in cash. He was arrested and released after posting bail of $15,000 on the felony charge and $500 on the misdemeanor.

    Court records on the misdemeanor charge showed Hardeman requested a court-appointed attorney but one had not been provided by Monday afternoon.

    Two other men in the car, passenger Christopher Felkner and driver David Manuel Childress, also were arrested and have since been released from jail.

    Hardeman is a redshirt freshman from Pflugerville who signed with Texas in 2003. He was allowed to practice this season but was not academically eligible to play. Hardeman had not worked out with the Longhorns for several weeks, said team spokesman John Bianco.

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    -12-21-2004, 11:21 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Michigan St. receivers arrested for allegedly planting bombs
    by DJRamFan
    Nov. 10, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Two Michigan State football players were arrested and charged with possessing a dangerous chemical compound after they allegedly planted homemade bombs that blew up outside campus apartments.

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    Terry Love and Irving Campbell, both 19-year-old redshirt freshmen receivers, were arrested Tuesday morning as they left the scene of the first explosion, campus police said. A second bomb exploded shortly afterward, and a third was detonated by the campus police bomb squad.

    The men said they planted the bombs in Spartan Village as a prank, campus police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said.

    No one was hurt and there was no property damage, McGlothian-Taylor said. The players were released on $500 bond after being arraigned Tuesday.

    If convicted of the misdemeanor, both could face up to 90 days in jail and a $100 fine, McGlothian-Taylor said.

    Coach John L. Smith will let the legal process play out and then decide if any disciplinary action is needed, assistant athletic director John Lewandowski said.

    Love has 19 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown this season. Campbell has not caught a pass.

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    -11-11-2004, 11:10 AM
  • DJRamFan
    State drops assault charges against 'Canes CB Rolle
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 2, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    MIAMI -- Hurricanes cornerback Antrel Rolle won't be tried for allegedly striking a police officer, and was reinstated to the team.

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    Coach Larry Coker had indefinitely suspended Rolle after his arrest.

    "I am extremely pleased that there has been a positive resolution to the issue," Coker said in a statement Monday.

    Assistant State Attorney Michael Grieco said that while the arrest was "valid," Rolle's "post-arrest contrition and lack of criminal history" led to the decision to drop the case. The physical contact between Rolle and the officer was "merely incidental," Grieco said.

    Rolle -- whose father is chief of police in nearby Homestead -- also participated in an ride-along with Miami-Dade County police "during active nightlife hours," gaining an appreciation for officers' work, Grieco said.

    According to a police complaint, Rolle was involved in a fight in a street near campus earlier this month and resisted arrest, cursing and swinging his arms in an attempt to free himself and forcing officers to call for backup help.

    Along with the felony charge, Rolle was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting an officer without violence, both misdemeanors. He was suspended indefinitely from the team after the arrest.

    University spokesman Rick Korch said Monday that Rolle will be reinstated, though he was not sure when.

    Rolle was in court Monday with family members, including his father. They left the courtroom quickly without comment. Last season, Rolle was second on the team with two interceptions and finished sixth on the team with 47 tackles.

    Miami last week decided to admit star recruit Willie Williams, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker who had not disclosed his lengthy arrest record when he agreed to join the Hurricanes. The school said Williams would have to abide by several special academic conditions.

    Williams pleaded no contest earlier this summer in two separate incidents that occurred during a recruiting trip to the University of Florida. He was charged with setting off fire extinguishers at his hotel and a misdemeanor battery charge for hugging a woman without consent.


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    -08-02-2004, 04:21 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Texas Tech safety to play despite alleged probation violation
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 24, 2005
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    LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech starting safety Vincent Meeks could face up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine after he allegedly violated his probation on a forgery charge.

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    Meeks' legal entanglement will not keep him from playing for the Red Raiders, Tech coach Mike Leach said.

    "Vincent made some bad decisions on his part and was also a victim of some bad circumstances created by other people," Leach said in Wednesday's editions of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. "Team-wise, he's fine."

    Meeks, a senior, has made 27 career starts since he cracked the lineup in the ninth game of his freshman season.

    He is accused of violating terms of his three-year probation on a charge of forgery of a financial instrument, Rockwall County District Attorney Ray Sumrow said Wednesday. Meeks failed to report to a probation officer for several months, didn't pay court costs and failed to complete community service and other programs, Sumrow said.

    Meeks was accused of trying to cash a $475 illegal computer-generated check in 2003 that was made out to him, Sumrow said. He pleaded guilty but was not convicted because the court gave him deferred adjudication, Sumrow said. If he had completed his probation without any incidents, the charge would have been removed from his record.

    Meeks surrendered himself Tuesday on an arrest warrant issued Aug. 9 and was arraigned and arrested on the same forgery charge. He was released from the Rockwall County Jail late Tuesday after posting $10,000 bond.

    If the court revokes his probation at a hearing not yet scheduled, Meeks could be sentenced to two years in jail and fined $10,000, Sumrow said. The judge also could sentence him to probation.

    "I believe that Vincent will live his probation out if he's allowed to do that," said Meeks' attorney, Patrick Short. "If given the opportunity, I believe he will comply."

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    -08-24-2005, 08:04 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Vols DT McDaniel makes plea deal in assault case
    by DJRamFan
    July 28, 2005
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    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee defensive tackle Tony McDaniel pleaded guilty Thursday to hitting a student in the face during a pickup basketball game in January.

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    McDaniel, suspended since the incident, will be allowed to return to the team, but coach Phillip Fulmer announced that McDaniel will have to sit out the first two games of the season, complete community service, attend anger management counseling and abide by a curfew for the fall semester.

    "He is a good young man that made a bad decision and now has a second chance to move forward. I hope and feel he will take advantage of it," Fulmer said.

    McDaniel made a deal with prosecutors to have the original felony charge reduced to misdemeanor assault. He was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days, but was placed on immediate probation and isn't expected to spend any time in jail.

    Knox County Criminal Court Judge Ray Jenkins told McDaniel that he will remain under supervised probation until he pays restitution to the victim.

    McDaniel was charged with aggravated assault in January and could have faced up to six years if convicted under the felony charge.

    His case also was dealt with by the university, which placed him on indefinite probation. He was suspended for the summer school sessions and is not allowed to enter the student recreation center where the fight took place, school officials said.

    The 6-foot-7, 295-pound McDaniel was accused of hitting Edward Goodrich, a 26-year-old student. Goodrich testified during a hearing in April that the punch broke his face in four places and doctors had to insert a metal plate to treat his injuries.

    McDaniel declined to be interviewed after the hearing. His attorney, Don Bosch, said he was very pleased with the outcome.

    "We appreciate Mr. Goodrich's position and, frankly, the seriousness of his injuries. This is a very serious matter that was unintended by Tony. We're going to make this right with Mr. Goodrich," Bosch said.

    McDaniel, who will be a junior this fall, made his first career start for Tennessee in the Volunteers' 38-7 win over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.

    The defensive tackle is one of 13 Tennessee players who have been either arrested or cited for crimes ranging from aggravated assault to underage drinking since February 2004.

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    -07-31-2005, 04:06 PM
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