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Reinstated Neill Is Back in the Pack for Nevada

Football: Quarterback returns to the team after felony charge is reduced to a misdemeanor.

October 23, 1998|ERIC SONDHEIMER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Quarterback David Neill, from Hart High, was reinstated to Nevada's football team on Thursday after the Washoe County district attorney's office reduced a felony charge to a misdemeanor.

Neill is facing a Tuesday court hearing on a charge of obtaining services of less than $250 without payment.

He was suspended last week after his arrest by university police on a felony charge of fraudulent use of a telephone credit card.

Two other Wolf Pack football players arrested with Neill, receivers Mark Marcos and Chris Haagenson, face felony charges.

Neill resumed practice with the football team on Thursday and will be available to play Saturday against Idaho.

Neill was Nevada's starting quarterback until his suspension. He missed the Wolf Pack's game last week against North Texas, a 27-21 loss. Nevada is now 2-4.

"We feel a one-game suspension is proper for this alleged misdemeanor offense," Coach Jeff Tisdel of Nevada said.

Neill will be on school probation for one year.

"If there's any trouble with the law again, he would be dismissed immediately," Tisdel said.

In his last game, on Oct. 10, Neill set an NCAA freshman record by passing for 611 yards against New Mexico State in a 48-45 loss.

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