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Texas Tech safety to serve 30 days in jail, miss games

LUBBOCK, Texas -- A judge has ordered Texas Tech safety
Vincent Meeks to miss two games and serve 30 days in jail for
violating terms of his probation on a forgery charge.

Meeks started serving the 30-day sentence last Thursday but was
released Monday. The judge in Rockwall, where the forgery incident
occurred about two years ago, told Meeks he could serve the
sentence a few days at a time in order to continue attending
classes at Tech, Rockwall County District Attorney Ray Sumrow said.

In 2003, Meeks was accused of trying to cash an illegal $475
computer-generated check that was made out to him, Sumrow has said.
He pleaded guilty but was not convicted because the court gave him
deferred adjudication and placed him on probation, Sumrow has said.

If he had completed his probation without any incidents, the
charge would have been removed from his record.

At a hearing Thursday, the judge also extended Meeks' original
three years of probation by another three years.

Meeks, a second-year starter who missed Tech's 56-3 victory
against Florida International on Saturday, will return to jail
Friday in Rockwall and be released Sunday. He has six months to
complete the 30-day term, Sumrow said.

Tech (1-0), ranked 19th nationally, plays Sam Houston State on
Saturday in Lubbock.

Meeks turned himself in late last month after learning an arrest
warrant had been issued for him for violating terms of his
probation, including failing to report to his probation officer.

The new terms of Meeks' probation include paying $1,050 in fees
and fines by Oct. 7 and completing 150 hours of community service
by October 2006. He must also complete a drug and alcohol
assessment program by December and complete a life-skills program
within 180 days.

If Meeks fails to fulfill the requirements, he could be
sentenced to up to two years and will have a felony conviction on
his record.

Tech coach Mike Leach said Monday that Meeks remains on the
team.

"He's handling personal issues," Leach said. "When he handles
those, we'll deal with it from there."

Meeks, a senior, is a Dallas native who attended Rockwall High
School. He has made 27 career starts since cracking the lineup in
the ninth game of his freshman season.