Tennessee receiver, former QB plead guilty, avoid jail time.
June 9, 2005 at 7:49 PM CDT - Updated July 10 at 10:25 PM
Tennessee receiver, former QB plead guilty, avoid jail time. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee receiver and former quarterback pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from a campus fight in a deal with prosecutors. They must pay restitution but won't go to jail. Receiver Bret Smith and Brent Schaeffer were charged with misdemeanor assault over a fight with another student in a campus dorm. Coach Phillip Fulmer suspended them from the team April eleventh, a day after they were arrested. Schaeffer is a former quarterback who announced in April he was transferring. Smith and Schaeffer appeared in court to plead guilty to offensive touching, a lesser misdemeanor than the original charge. They were sentenced to six months of judicial diversion. If they meet the terms of the sentence and avoid further legal troubles, they can apply to have the conviction cleared from their records.
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