Smith suspension reduced to five spring practices

Updated: March 4, 2004, 1:48 PM ET
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin tailback Dwayne Smith had his indefinite suspension reduced to five spring practices by an appeals committee, one week after being charged with second-degree sexual assault.

Committee members on Wednesday determined that Smith was involved in conduct unbecoming a Wisconsin student-athlete. They said witness testimony and information contradicted the nature of the allegations. The committee also said additional information might cause them to re-evaluate their decision.

Smith was arrested Feb. 23 in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman.

The 19-year-old Smith was the Badgers' leading rusher as a sophomore last season. Wisconsin's spring practices are scheduled to begin Friday. Smith will be eligible to join the team for its sixth practice, set for March 24.

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