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Friday, September 9, 2005
Hall reinstated at Boise State

Associated Press

Boise State: Cam Hall has been reinstated to the football team, school officials say.

Hall, 22, a senior from Kennewick, Wash., left the team after he was charged with vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving for his role in crash in which three people died May 7.

Last week Ada County prosecutors dropped the vehicular manslaughter charges for lack of sufficient evidence that Hall was to blame for the deaths.

Hall, who is still charged with leaving the scene, a felony, and reckless driving, a misdemeanor, requested reinstatement to the team and the school's Student Conduct Committee agreed, officials said.

Hall will be eligible to play against Bowling Green on Sept. 21, according to the statement. He is a safety who was projected to start before the accident.

Prosecutors claimed Hall drove his black Ford Mustang at speeds exceeding 100 mph on Idaho 55 between Boise and Horseshoe Bend while trying to pass a truck driven by Mark Lazinka, 45, of Boise.

Lazinka's truck slammed into a Subaru, killing driver Tony Perfect and his wife Stephanie, both 23, and their 5-week-old daughter, Zoe.

Tulsa: Tulsa safety Kedrick Alexander, who was suspended last season after pleading guilty to a burglary charge, will not be permitted to play this season after the NCAA denied an appeal, the school said.

Alexander missed Tulsa's season opener against Minnesota on Sept. 1 because of the eligibility issue, and the university said then it would appeal. Tulsa said Friday all of its appeals have been denied, and it will not comment on the issue. The Golden Hurricane play at Oklahoma on Saturday.

Alexander, a junior who led the team with 121 tackles in 2003, was not enrolled at Tulsa last fall but did attend classes this spring. The university was seeking a waiver of the NCAA's progress-toward-degree rule, which requires student-athletes complete 12 hours of classes each semester toward earning their degree.

Alexander and defensive back Terrance Thomas were sentenced in August 2004 to deferred sentences of two years' unsupervised probation and 120 hours of community service after pleading guilty to second-degree burglary.

Alexander and Thomas admitted breaking into room belonging to a member of the track team and stealing a laptop computer, a video game console and a credit card. The card was used to buy gasoline.

Texas-Ohio State: The governors of Texas and Ohio aren't betting on Saturday's showdown between No. 2 Texas and No. 4 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. Instead, they're encouraging fans to donate to Hurricane Katrina relief.

Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are asking fans to support the Red Cross and hurricane relief efforts. Donation sites will be set up at Ohio Stadium for people to offer cash.

Ohio State plans to donate $2 from every program sold at its four September home games to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Army parachutist injured at Nevada football game
A U.S. Army parachutist who recently returned from Iraq was injured in a hard landing in the middle of the field at Mackay Stadium Friday night before the Washington State-Nevada football game.

Retired Chief Warrant Officer Dave Larson of Hurst, Texas, broke his hip and fractured his arm. He was the second of three parachutists who jumped from a helicopter in gusty winds during a pregame ceremony honoring the military.

Larson, a Green Beret, was coming in fast, then pulled up slowly near the top of the stands before the wind appeared to drop out of the parachute and he fell about 60 feet and landed on his side. Paramedics attended to him on the field for about 10 minutes before he was transported off the field on a truck and taken to Washoe Medical Center in Reno.

Larson had made more than 2,000 jumps in his career. His condition was not immediately known, but he was expected to be hospitalized for two days, said Jamie Klund, Nevada sports information director.

"It is somewhat serious, obviously," Klund said.