Thursday, March 4, 2004
Smith suspension reduced to five spring practices
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin tailback Dwayne Smith had his
indefinite suspension reduced to five spring practices by an
appeals committee, one week after being charged with second-degree
Committee members on Wednesday determined that Smith was
involved in conduct unbecoming a Wisconsin student-athlete. They
said witness testimony and information contradicted the nature of
the allegations. The committee also said additional information
might cause them to re-evaluate their decision.
Smith was arrested Feb. 23 in connection with the alleged sexual
assault of a 19-year-old woman.
The 19-year-old Smith was the Badgers' leading rusher as a
sophomore last season. Wisconsin's spring practices are scheduled
to begin Friday. Smith will be eligible to join the team for its
sixth practice, set for March 24.