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DUI will cost Illini lineman at least a game

Davon Smith, Justin Staples AP

A drunk-driving charge in February will cost an Illinois defensive lineman some playing time in September, first-year head coach Tim Beckman said Tuesday.

Senior lineman Justin Staples was arrested Feb. 9 and charged with driving under the influence.  Staples was found to have a .157 BAC following an on-campus traffic stop.

He was suspended by Beckman shortly after the arrest, but is permitted to practice with the team during the spring.  The Illini will begin spring practice Wednesday.

Beckman said Staples will “miss some game time“, although what specifically that constitutes remains to be seen.

As a redshirt junior in 2011, Staples played in 13 games, starting one of those contests.

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1 Response to “DUI will cost Illini lineman at least a game”
  1. kansacity88 says: Mar 10, 2012 3:12 AM

    Dumb, dumb, dumb, stupid……..absolutely, positively, plain and simply, DUMB!! Why do the idiots do this to themselves? Its bad enough when NFL guys do it when they have enough loot for a taxi or limo, but the college kids, man! Damn! Effin idiots!

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