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UConn’s Marcus Cox Given Probation

March 14, 2001

VERNON, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut basketball player Marcus Cox was given a special form of probation Tuesday in connection with a marijuana bust on Feb. 22.

A Vernon Superior Court judge granted Cox’s application for accelerated rehabilitation. Cox will be on the probation for one year, and the drug possession charge will be erased from his record if he stays out of trouble.

Cox was arrested on campus last month while riding in a vehicle driven by former St. John’s player Jack Wolfinger, a boyhood friend. Police said they stopped the vehicle for swerving and detected the smell of marijuana.

Cox told police the pot was his. His mother, Toni, and others have said that Cox was trying to protect Wolfinger. UConn teammates Tony Robertson and Taliek Brown also were in the car, but weren’t charged.

University officials suspended Cox after his arrest, and he remained on suspension Tuesday.

UConn police have an arrest warrant for Wolfinger, but have not been able to find him.

UConn plays South Carolina in Storrs Wednesday in the first round of the NIT.

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