Carr: 'It's a disciplinary action'

Updated: August 23, 2003, 1:52 AM ET
Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan defensive back Marlin Jackson, the preseason Big Ten defensive player of the year, will not play in Wolverines' season opener after being suspended by coach Lloyd Carr.

"Marlin is not going to play in the first game," Carr told the Detroit Free Press. "It's a disciplinary action. That's all I'm going to say."

Carr did not say if Jackson's suspension would be for more than one game.

Jackson, the preseason Big Ten defensive player of the year, pleaded guilty last week to aggravated assault in a plea agreement with Washtenaw County prosecutors.

Aggravated assault is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Sept. 11. A felonious assault charge, which carried a sentence of up to four years in jail, was dropped as part of the agreement.

He had been accused of hitting fellow student Shanin Farokhrny in the right eye with a bottle during a June 1 house party.

The Wolverines open the season Aug. 30 at home against Central Michigan. Jackson sat out practice with a bruise Friday but Carr said he will practice with the team next week.


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