Suspended LSU running back Jeremy Hill won’t go to jail for violating his probation, but his status with the team remains up in the air.
Rather, Hill will receive two more years of probation and 40 hours of community service (via the New Orleans Times-Picayune).
Hill, who pleaded guilty to a simple battery charge last month stemming from a brawl outside a bar in April, originally had a hearing scheduled for later this month. That hearing was moved up to today.
Hill’s arrest in April violated the terms of his probation for a previous crime – he was arrested two years ago on a felony charge of oral sexual battery involving a 14-year-old girl and later pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge of a juvenile, a misdemeanor — so the possibility of time behind bars was quite real.
Tigers coach Les Miles said during SEC Media Days that Hill has been separated from his team and the facilities while everything plays out.
Hill was LSU’s leading rusher in 2012.
Updated 7:30 p.m. ET: Following his hearing Monday that extended his probation period, LSU running back Jeremy Hill was reinstated to the team. Tigers coach Les Miles said after practice that the decision to bring back Hill rested on, of all places, the team.
“The guy is a good college student, a good person. He’s not a guy who has constant bad behavior,” Miles said of Hill, who will not face jail time for punching a man outside a bar in April…. which violated his probation of previously pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
Miles did not announce any specific disciplinary action, such as game suspensions, but said there would be further internal punishment. As of now, Hill is not the starting running back for the Tigers.
Additionally, Hill attended the press and issued the following statement: (via TigerBait.com): “I would like to thank Coach Miles and this university for giving me another chance to play football. I would like to apologize to my teammates and the community.”