Former Longhorn remains jailed in Texas

Updated: July 16, 2008, 3:59 PM ET
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com

A former Texas football player remained in Travis County Jail after he was arrested Monday for violating terms of his probation by failing to show up for a court date.

Robert Joseph, 20, was jailed under bonds totaling $3,000, said Roger Wade, a spokesman for the Travis County Sheriff's Department.

Joseph had earlier pleaded guilty to robbery, a second-degree felony under Texas law. Joseph accepted a deal requiring him to complete eight years of probation and perform 340 hours of community service. He earlier had been jailed for eight months because he could not afford to post bail after his initial arrest.

The Austin American Statesman reported the guilty plea stems from a robbery committed by Joseph and former Texas teammate Andre Jones last July 27 in southeast Austin. The newspaper said court affidavits showed the two stole cash, a laptop, cell phones and video game equipment from an apartment and its occupants.

Jones was sentenced Monday on a plea deal that he agreed to three weeks ago in connection with the same incident. Jones will serve 30 days in jail and then be placed on 10 years' probation with 340 hours of community service.

Neither of the players was on Texas' team last season. Joseph played seven games as a freshman in 2006, but missed the final six with a shoulder injury. He had 14 tackles as a backup safety and a special-teams player.

Tim Griffin covers college football for ESPN.com.