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April 19th, 2007 10:09 pm by Staff Report




Grand jury opts not to indict Miss. St. running back


Coach kicks three players off LSU football team


• BATON ROUGE, La. - Three players were kicked off the LSU football team on Thursday.


Freshman defensive back Troy Giddens, freshman offensive lineman Zhamal Thomas and sophomore offensive lineman Kyle Anderson were dismissed for unbecoming conduct, the university said.


"There is a standard that we insist upon with members of our football team when representing this university, our community and the state of Louisiana," coach Les Miles said in a statement. "When that standard isn't met some adjustments must be made."


LSU refused to say what the students had done.


However, both Giddens, 19, and Thomas, 20, were arrested last week, accused of breaking into a campus apartment, stealing a backpack that held money and credit cards, and using a stolen credit card to buy more than $200 worth of items online. Each player was booked with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and identity theft.


Anderson, 20, meanwhile, was booked early Monday with second-degree battery after getting into a fight at a popular campus hangout.


Grand jury opts not to indict Miss. St. running back

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• STARKVILLE, Miss. - An official in Baldwin County, Ala., said a grand jury there opted not to indict Mississippi State running back Arnil Stallworth on a charge of possession of a counterfeit $100 bill.


Stallworth was arrested Jan. 3 in his hometown of Daphne, Ala., on a felony charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was accused of passing a counterfeit $100 bill at a fast food restaurant.


Holland Steinacher, an assistant with the Baldwin County District Attorneys office, said Thursday in a www.clarionledger.com article that the grand jury earlier this month decided not to issue an indictment.


Bulldogs coach Sylvester Croom said early in spring practice that he had reviewed what he had been told about Stallworth's case and decided not to dismiss him from the team, as he had before with other players who had been arrested.


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