UTEP reinstates player who broke teammate's jaw

12/13/2005 - UTEP Miners

EL PASO, Texas -- UTEP's Jason Williams is back on the team following his suspension last week after punching a teammate and breaking his jaw.

Coach Doc Sadler made the announcement during a news conference

"I've got to make a decision based on what is best for our basketball program," Sadler said. "I took into consideration what
happened, the people involved, their teammates, the coaching staff and the fans. Jason is reinstated today and will play on Saturday,
and we will move forward."

Williams, a senior forward who averages 15.4 points a game for UTEP, practiced with the Miners during Monday afternoon's 2-hour
session and will play in the team's next game, Saturday against New Mexico State.

Sadler has said that Williams hit Stefon Jackson during a "very
competitive practice." Williams has apologized for his actions.

"One of the biggest things has been my conversations with
Stefon," Sadler said. "But it was not based on just that. It was
also based on Jason's whole background. In 2 years here he has
never had a problem. He has gone to class and, if all goes well,
will graduate on time. I also talked to the seniors on the team."

Jackson had surgery and is out for at least six weeks.