James not permitted on campus
About a week has passed since the football team’s legal troubles began. Though the trials will not begin until next month, there have been a few developments in each case.
Oregon running back LaMichael James, 20, was released from Lane County Jail on the afternoon of Feb. 18. James spent nearly two days in the jail before his release, and will be forced to wear an ankle bracelet to monitor his activity.
In the days leading up to his first court appearance on March 24, James cannot return to his Springfield apartment. Originally, the plan was for him to live with Oregon nutritionist and life skills director James Harris. However, when the Pacific-10 Conference passed this idea to the NCAA, it was deemed an “extra benefit” and not approved.
As of Tuesday, it was unknown where James would live in the time before his trial. According to The Register-Guard, the school has requested that the NCAA “make an exception” in James’ particular case.
As of Monday, James will also not be permitted to attend his classes on campus. Michael Buseman, the attorney representing James, requested that Lane County Circuit Judge Charles Zennache make the necessary alterations to James’ release agreement so that he could go to class and preserve his eligibility.
That request was denied, and James will only be allowed to exercise or study at the Casanova Center next to Autzen Stadium while he awaits trial. The Jaqua Center for Student-Athletes will be off-limits, as will any other location on campus.
It is possible that James will be able to complete class work off-campus to retain his eligibility, but that matter has yet to be resolved.
In the event that James fails to pass his classes, he may lose his scholarship, Buseman said.
Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso, 19, has been suspended for all of the 2010 season.
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly made this decision on Monday morning in the wake of Alonso’s DUII citation last Saturday morning.
According to The Register-Guard, Alonso did not spend any time in jail after his arrest. Once cited at the police station, he was allowed to leave. He is set to appear in court on March 4.
Oregon kicker Rob Beard, 19, pled not guilty last week to three misdemeanor charges: fourth-degree assault, second-degree disorderly conduct, and physical harassment charges.
Beard allegedly assaulted a woman during a Jan. 24 fight that eventually landed him in the hospital.
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