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UGA player acquitted

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published August 24, 2002

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia football player Brandon Williams was acquitted Friday by a Superior Court jury in the alleged sexual assault of a female student in another athlete's dorm room.

Williams, 21, was charged with rape, aggravated assault and aggravated battery after the Jan. 12 incident.

Georgia basketball player Steve Thomas, also accused of rape and aggravated assault, will be tried in October or November. Tony Cole, Thomas' teammate, was charged with aggravated assault and likely will be tried after Christmas.

The 19-year-old woman, who has since left the school, testified she had consensual sex with Cole, but then two other men forced themselves on her.

District Attorney Ken Mauldin told jurors Friday that consent was the key to the case -- not a given just because the victim doesn't fight or cry out.

"It's not what's in the man's mind," he said. "It's what's in her mind."

The defense called no witnesses during the three-day trial, and in closing arguments, defense attorney Kim Stephens said the state "did not meet its burden of proof." He told jurors the alleged victim's account was full of inconsistencies, noting she couldn't pinpoint the time of the incident.

"A woman can't make up her mind and say 'No' after the fact," Stephens said.

BLACK COACHES DECLINE: The number of black coaches at major programs declined over the past six years, though a majority of players are minorities, according to a study released.

In 1995-96, black coaches made up 5 percent of Division I-A programs. This year 2 percent of coaches are black, the study by the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee found.

While the number of black coaches has gone down, the new NCAA report finds 51 percent of collegiate athletes are black and 49 percent are white.

COLORADO: Prosecutors have dropped their case against sophomore receiver Ron Monteilh, who had been accused of supplying marijuana at an off-campus recruiting party.

He was scheduled to appear in court Friday but the case was dismissed Thursday, the court clerk's office said. Peter Maguire, assistant district attorney, said there was not enough evidence, leading him to file a motion to dismiss the case.

Monteilh remains on the team, school spokesman Dave Plati said.

PITT: Freshman running back Jawan Walker is out indefinitely with a torn ligament in his left knee. He tore his left medial collateral ligament and partially tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a scrimmage Wednesday. He was pushing Raymond Kirkley and Brandon Miree for playing time.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Quarterback Corey Jenkins looked sharp in a two-hour scrimmage. He had several touchdown passes during the rehearsal for the opener Aug. 31 against New Mexico State.

Badgers win opener

MADISON, Wis. -- With Bernard Berrian sidelined by an injury, Mike Allen's 34-yard field goal with 2:05 left gave the 25th-ranked Badgers a 23-21 victory over Fresno State in the second annual John Thompson Foundation Classic.

Sophomore strong safety Jim Leonhard, the anchor of the Badgers' secondary, had two interceptions and a game-saving breakup on a Bulldogs last-gasp pass.

On fourth and 19 from his 41, Fresno State quarterback Jeff Grady, who replaced David Carr, the top pick in the NFL draft, threw a laser pass that Leonhard knocked from Marque Davis' hands.

Otherwise, the Bulldogs would have had a first down at the 35 and a chance for their second straight victory at Camp Randall Stadium.

Last year, Berrian, among the nation's premier receivers and returners, had 300 all-purpose yards against the Badgers and it was his 96-yard TD return of the second-half kickoff that sparked the Bulldogs to a 32-20 victory, one of the biggest in school history.

He was off to another fine start Friday night when he sprained his right knee on the final play of the first quarter and didn't return.

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