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By Kent Larsen

December Drunk Driving Incident Proves Costly to BYU, Player

PROVO, UTAH -- Both BYU's football team and a team member, potential recruit and former player are paying the price of a drunk driving incident December 9th associated with a recruiting trip. BYU has now placed the player, star running back Brian McDonald, on probation, and dropped the recruit from its list of potential candidates.

In addition to McDonald, 20, who rushed for 455 yards last season and scored eight touchdowns, former Cougar wide receiver Jonathan Pittman and recruit D.J. Coote were involved in the incident. Also in the car was a former Snow college running back, Dennis Simmon, and a fifth, unnamed passenger. Both Pittman and Coote have been cited in the incident, Pittman with driving while intoxicated, and they are both disputing the charges. Coote has been dropped from BYU's recruiting list, and reportedly will attend Oregon State.

McDonald was cited for underage drinking, but plead not guilty. A pre-trial hearing on the charge is scheduled for February 15th. BYU has put him on probation for a year, but will allow him to remain in school and practice and play with the team. Conditions of his probation are confidential, said BYU spokeswoman Carrie Jenkins, however, she also said that McDonald is expected to be disciplined by BYU coach Gary Crowton for violating team rules.


McDonald on Probation But Won't Miss Games for BYU
Salt Lake Tribune 20Jan01 S2
By Michael CD. Lewis: Salt Lake Tribune


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