Sipili Suspended Three Games

Michael Sipili pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge Thursday in court. He is suspended for three games by the CU athletic department.

Colorado sophomore linebacker Michael Sipili pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge Thursday in a Boulder District Court. The charges stemmed from his involvement in an off-campus fight in June.

He is scheduled to have a sentencing hearing Wednesday, according to a story on the (Boulder) Camera web site. The sentence could carry probation, or a prison term of up to two years, according to the story.

Sipili, who has no prior arrests, has been under indefinite suspension by head football coach Dan Hawkins since Sipili's arrest prior to the beginning of fall camp. He did not play in CU's opening win over CSU.

However, Sipili has been practicing with the team all along. Expected to be in the starting lineup, Sipili has practiced with the second team, and more recently, with the scout team.

Following Sipili's hearing, CU athletic director Mike Bohn released a statement saying Sipili will be suspended for a total of three games. He will not travel to the Arizona State game this weekend.

The statement indicates Sipili "will be eligible for reinstatement following the three-game suspension," which is following the Sept. 15 home game vs. Florida State.

Sipili and Hawkins were not available for comment Thursday after practice. Hawkins, and several assistant coaches, left practice early to travel on recruiting business.

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