Senior suspended from camp, first game
Arizona State defensive tackle Conner Banks pleaded guilty Wednesday to extreme drunken driving, and was suspended from the Sun Devils' summer camp as well as their first game of the season, according to a report in Friday's Arizona Republic.
Banks was sentenced to two weeks in jail, enrollment in an alcohol education program and was fined $856 for the DUI and for criminal damage, reported the newspaper. Six misdemeanor charges -- two other DUI charges as well as four traffic charges -- were dismissed after the guilty plea by Banks, who was test at three times the legal blood alcohol limit in a June 21st incident.
Banks was suspended for the Sun Devils' home opener Sept. 2 against Texas-El Paso by ASU coach Dirk Koetter, who told the senior he could return to the team Aug. 21, once the team has returned from its 10-day training session at Camp Tontozona.
Koetter's first act of punishment after Banks' arrest was to strip him of his uniform number, No. 42; Banks wanted to wear the college number of the late ASU standout Pat Tillman, who died in combat in Afghanistan in May, as a show of honor. Koetter decided instead that no one will wear the number, which the school plans to retire in a home-game ceremony scheduled for Nov. 13.
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