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Oregon Suspends QB Akili Smith

February 17, 1998

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said Monday the Ducks have indefinitely suspended quarterback Akili Smith after a bar fight early this month.

Smith and running back Saladin McCullough have been under investigation for allegations they beat up a bouncer at a Springfield bar about 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 1.

No charges have been filed, but police have questioned both Smith and McCullough.

The bouncer claimed Smith and McCullough tried to sneak into the Mill Camp bar after the two players had been turned away for not having proper identification.

Bellotti says that Smith’s status will be evaluated through the rest of the year.

Smith started seven games last season, helping the Ducks to a 7-5 record and a Las Vegas Bowl win over Air Force. He completed 108-of-200 passes for 1,385 yards and 13 touchdowns in his first season at Oregon.

McCullough, who led the Pac-10 in rushing yards (1,193) and carries (250) last season, has completed his eligibility at Oregon and isn’t enrolled at the university.

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