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Missouri’s Perkins Suspended

December 27, 1998

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Missouri cornerback Wade Perkins, who led the Big 12 with six interceptions, was suspended and sent home before the Insight.com Bowl Saturday night.

Perkins, a senior, returned home to Las Vegas on Thursday night for what coach Larry Smith termed ``violations of team policies and regulations.″ A school spokesman said he did not know the specifics of Perkins’ problems.

He was replaced in the lineup for the game against West Virginia by sophomore Julian Jones. Jones, who was making his first career start, also was the Tigers’ special teams MVP.

Smith also gave Aaron Crittendon, a redshirt freshman, his first career start ahead of senior Chris Meredith. Meredith started all 11 regular season games and is expected to play.

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