Transfer who sat out pleads guilty to charge

Updated: May 16, 2006, 3:37 PM ET
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- One of two Tennessee basketball players suspended after their March arrest on drug charges pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession.

The other player's case was bound over to the grand jury after a preliminary hearing.

Anthony Passley and Jordan Smith were suspended from the team by coach Bruce Pearl following their arrests on March 5.

The 21-year-old Passley, a transfer who sat out last season, was ordered to pay a $250 fine. Prosecutors dismissed a felony charge of possession of crack cocaine as part of a deal approved by Knox County General Sessions Judge Jimmy Kyle Davis.

A grand jury will decide whether to indict Smith, a 23-year-old walk-on from Knoxville, who played a total of 4 minutes last season.

The players were charged with felony possession of drugs after police said 15.2 grams of crack cocaine were found in Smith's car. Police found a plastic bag of marijuana in Passley's pocket.

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