Phillips had been expelled for incident

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- Penn State football player Anwar Phillips
was acquitted Tuesday of sexual assault charges involving another

Phillips was accused of having had sex with a female student
against her will. In December, he was expelled from the university
for two semesters. In March, he was charged with sexual assault and
aggravated indecent assault, both felonies.

The case has generated criticism of Penn State coach Joe
Paterno, who allowed Phillips to play in the Capital One Bowl on
Jan. 1, nearly three weeks after Phillips was expelled.

Although the expulsion hearing was Dec. 13, the expulsion did not take effect until the spring semester began in mid-January.