Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Suspended Fresno State DL Jason Shirley reinstated to team
FRESNO, Calif. -- Jason Shirley was reinstated to Fresno
State's football team on Wednesday night, nearly four weeks after
the defensive lineman was suspended for the rest of his senior
season following his arrest on suspicion of driving under the
Fresno State athletic director Thomas Boeh made the decision
after an appeals process, when Shirley presented medical evidence
that persuaded the school to allow him to finish his senior season.
The Fresno State medical staff approved Shirley's return to the
team Wednesday, Boeh said.
"These past five games that Jason has missed represent a
sufficient penalty in this particular case," Boeh said. "We now
look forward to working with Jason to help ensure he will earn his
undergraduate degree and finish his collegiate football career."
Shirley has been suspended since Oct. 9, a day after the
330-pound tackle was arrested after crashing his car into an
apartment building. Police said Shirley left the scene of the
accident, and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.12, above the legal
limit of 0.08.
Shirley already served a two-game suspension in September for
undisclosed conduct detrimental to the team. He then played in
three games before his arrest, recording four tackles for losses,
two sacks and a forced fumble.
The Bulldogs (6-4, 5-2 WAC) are off this week before hosting
Kansas State on Nov. 24.