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UM lifts suspension of arrested players, they'll miss Saturday's game


MISSOULA, Montana — Three University of Montana football players who were suspended from all team activities after being arrested on suspicion of felony charges have been reinstated, but they will miss Saturday's game at Idaho State.

The UM athletic department announced the reinstatement of Joey Counts, John Schmaing and Kendrick Van Ackeren on Friday.

Sports information director Eric Taber said the players will be suspended for one game for violating the student-athlete code of conduct.

The three were arrested early Sunday on suspicion of felony burglary. After ordering further investigation, the county attorney charged them with misdemeanor trespassing. Attorneys say the three had left a party and were waiting for their designated driver when they went inside what they thought was an unoccupied house to get out of the rain. The frightened family called 911.

The players pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

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