Lyle McCombs plays after arrest
STORRS, Conn. -- University of Connecticut tailback Lyle McCombs was arrested Saturday, accused of yelling, pushing and spitting at his girlfriend during an argument outside a residential hall, police said.
The 166-pound sophomore was charged with second-degree breach of peace, police said. The fight occurred just after midnight Friday on campus in Storrs.
Police said McCombs, 20, was released after he posted a $500 bond.
"I just got put in a bad situation," McCombs said after UConn lost 19-3 to Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. "I could have handled it better, but it is what it is. I apologized for my mistake.
"As far as football goes, I think I'm good. I just have a few things to take care of and it will be wiped away."
McCombs was benched for the first quarter of UConn's game Saturday at Rutgers for what the school called a violation of team rules. He went on to rush for 32 yards on 12 carries.
"I got the whole story from a very reliable source," UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni said after the game. "That's all I'm going to say about it."
McCombs, from New York's Staten Island, had a breakout season as a freshman, carrying the ball more than 275 times for more than 1,100 yards.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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