Meeks Update

Florida State offensive lineman <b>Bobby Meeks </b>pled "no contest," on Thursday to two counts of battery and one count of resisting arrest without violence, all misdemeanors. Clck here for an update on Meeks' status and a statement from coach Bobby Bowden as the Seminoles wind down summer conditioning drills.

Florida State offensive lineman Bobby Meeks pled "no contest," Thursday, to two counts of battery and one count of resisting arrest without violence, all misdemeanors.

Meeks was originally charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence, both felonies, after an altercation with Tallahassee Police outside of Chubby's nightclub, July 10.

According to FSU athletic department policy, any player facing felony charges may not participate in a game until the case is resolved or the charges are dropped or reduced. With both charges reduced to misdemeanors through plea bargaining, Meeks is now cleared to play in the 2004 season.

In a statement to the media, head coach Bobby Bowden said that it is likely Meeks will not receive any additional sanctions from the team, and will be allowed to play as long as he fulfills the requirements of his probation as scheduled.

"If he does what he is supposed to do, I will permit him to play which follows our university policy," Bowden said. "The incident as reported in the media is out of character for him. He does not drink and he has never been in trouble."

As part of Meeks' one-year probation he will need to complete 30 work days for the Leon county Sheriff's work program. Meeks has already scheduled the first 20, to be completed by Dec. 12, with the final 10 coming after the first of the year. None of the work days scheduled fall on a Friday prior a game.

The arrangement of Meeks' service is part of a deal reached to prevent conflicts with his academic and athletic schedule.

Meeks' return to the game day line up will help pad the Florida State roster at tight guard, a position that would've lacked depth had his play been restricted because of conduct violations. Back-up tight guard Eric Broe is still recovering from a bad knee and his level of involvement in the 2004 season is questionable.

Meeks started nine games in 2003 and is the projected starter for the 2004 season.


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