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Zeigler has been suspended indefinitely by Bill Lynch.
Here’s the press release from IU.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University football coach Bill Lynch has indefinitely suspended redshirt freshman offensive lineman Dennis Zeigler (Indianapolis/Pike) following his involvement in a crime which resulted in criminal charges being filed against him. Zeigler saw action in the first four games of 2008 before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
â€œHe (Zeigler) faces serious allegations of misconduct that in my opinion require immediate action,â€ Lynch said. Â â€œAs a result, I have suspended him indefinitely from all team activities, pending the legal resolution of this matter.â€
â€œAs a consequence of the serious nature of this allegation, this student-athlete has been suspended from his intercollegiate activities immediately,â€ Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan said. â€œWhile there must be an opportunity for a fair adjudication of this allegation, we are bitterly disappointed that he has unfortunately placed himself in this regrettable position. We recruit student-athletes and provide them with a unique opportunity to achieve their highest academic and athletic potential. At the same time we educate them about proper social behavior, and accordingly expect them to be productive, contributing members of our community.”
You knew this was coming (some of you from the beginning, when reports of the 6-7, 300-pound dude crawling around surfaced), but Indiana offensive lineman Dennis E. Zeigler, 19, has now been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary (a class B felony) andÂ conspiracy to commit robbery (a class C felony) in the same incident that involved freshman cornerback Cortez Smith.
Smith faces two B-felonies and has been suspended from the team by coach Bill Lynch.
There has been no word on Zeigler’s status.
Here’s a story cops reporter Marci Creps wrote on Christmas Eve.
Charges were filed today against a football player involved in a robbery Dec. 17.
Dennis E. Zeigler, 19, faces charges of B-felony conspiracy to commit burglary and C-felony conspiracy to commit robbery. Zeigler is an offensive lineman for the Indiana University football team.
The charges stem from a home invasion robbery reported Dec. 17.
In the probable cause affidavit filed by Bloomington Police Detective Jarred Burns, Zeigler initially said heâ€™d been a victim in the crime. In the robbery, two men entered an apartment on Mueller Parkway and ordered the two residents and Zeigler to the ground. At one point, Zeigler said he attempted to get up, but one of the suspects held a bat to the back of his head and told him â€œstay down fat boy,â€ according to the affidavit.
The residents thought it was supicious that Zeigler eventually crawled to the front door and shut it. When police asked Zeigler why heâ€™d shut the door, he had no good reason, according to the affidavit. After the robbery, the two residents confronted Zeigler about his possible involvement. According to the affidavit, Zeigler became so angry that he punched a hole in the wall.
Eventually Zeigler changed his story, initially saying that heâ€™d been approached outside the apartment by a man he didnâ€™t know. He said that the man asked him to help rob the two residents because they owed the man money.
He later admitted to helping two men commit the robbery. At that time, Zeigler identified the two suspects as Courtney â€œCortezâ€ Smith and â€œElzâ€ who was later identified as Lazell McClellon. Smith is also a member of the IU football team although he was suspended following his arrest last week.
Zeigler was able to provide police with information about the crime including what happened to the items taken by the suspects. During a search of an apartment occupied by Darius Johnson and Jarrell Drane, police found the wallets, IDs and other items belonging to the victims. Both Johnson and Drane are also members of the football team. Both face no charges related to this case.
According to the affidavit, police requested that Zeigler be summonsed to court to answer to the charges versus issuing an arrest warrant.
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