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Mont. State Asst. Coach Reinstated

October 21, 2000

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) _ Montana State assistant football coach John Rushing was reinstated Friday, one day after he was suspended because of a barroom brawl in which a gun was fired.

University officials said the reinstatement followed ``developments in the investigation″ but would not elaborate.

``The university, in cooperation with the police are continuing the investigation, but indications are that John was more a victim than a participant,″ football coach Mike Kramer said.

``John’s situation, I think, has been handled in a timely manner at an untimely time. It’s pretty important that the truth be known and the perpetrator be brought before a court and justice be served to protect everyone’s innocence and reputation,″ Kramer said.

Joshua Beery, 24, a Montana State student, was the other person involved in the incident, which happened early Thursday morning at a downtown bar. No charges have been filed and no arrests made.

Rushing, 26, is the Bobcats’ defensive secondary coach. He was cleared to coach Saturday’s game against Cal State Northridge and was at practice Friday.

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