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TODAY'S QUESTION: Should Derrick Washington keep his scholarship?

Friday, September 17, 2010 | 12:44 p.m. CDT; updated 3:31 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 17, 2010

The University of Missouri registrar's office has confirmed that the summer term was the last semester Derrick Washington was enrolled at the university, meaning that he is no longer a student and therefore forfeited his scholarship, per the terms of his suspension.

Suspended Missouri football player Derrick Washington was arrested Sunday and later charged with domestic assault after allegedly hitting his ex-girlfriend at her apartment.

Washington already faces felony deviate sexual assault charges, and he has been suspended by Gary Pinkel and the Missouri football team permanently.

The permanent suspension allows Washington, a senior, to keep his scholarship. 

University of Missouri System policy states that players cannot practice or play with their team while facing a pending felony case.

Washington is set to be arraigned for both charges in the last week of September. He could plead not guilty to both.

If Washington pleads or is found guilty of the felony charge, he will not be allowed to rejoin the team, and his scholarship will be reviewed by the university. At that point it could be revoked, according to the UM System handbook.

Some fans who criticize the university's decision to let Washington keep his scholarship note that he was given the scholarship to play football; because he's no longer with the team, he shouldn't keep it.

Do you wish to see Derrick Washington's scholarship revoked as soon as possible?


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Bill Fisher September 19, 2010 | 8:35 a.m.

Revoke it. He got the scholarship to play football, and now he's been kicked off the team. If he'd gotten seriously injured enough to play, he would have lost it then, too.

Can't play = no scholarship.

Here's a bold idea: treat women with respect and this sort of thing won't happen. Sounds crazy, but it just might work.

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