Cribbs pleads guilty to marijuana possession

Updated: June 16, 2004, 12:46 PM ET
Associated Press

KENT, Ohio -- Kent State quarterback Joshua Cribbs was reinstated to the football team after pleading guilty to marijuana possession.

Cribbs had been suspended from all football-related activity since he was arrested at his home Jan. 17. But he won't be allowed to play in the Sept. 4 season opener at Iowa as part of his punishment, athletic director Laing Kennedy said.

Cribbs pleaded guilty to the possession charge Tuesday, Portage County prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said Wednesday. Cribbs had originally been charged with trafficking in marijuana.

He won't be allowed to play in the Sept. 4 season opener at Iowa as part of his punishment, AD Laing Kennedy said.

A sentencing date hasn't been set.

"Josh is reinstated to the football team and will be able to get back to the business of being a student and an athlete at Kent State University," Kennedy said in a statement Tuesday.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Cribbs set school records for season and career total offense last fall. He completed 178-of-364 passes for 2,424 yards and 14 touchdowns, while rushing 161 times for 701 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The Golden Flashes went 5-7 overall and 4-4 in the MAC -- the school's second-best record in the last 15 seasons.

Cribbs apologized Tuesday to his family, school and teammates.

"I've learned that I am responsible for all my actions and during the last five months, the hardest thing has been the fear of not being able to provide for my family, go to school at Kent State and play football," he said.


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