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HENLEY SUSPENDED FOR TILT AGAINST NEBRASKA

October 25, 1996

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Running back June Henley, Kansas' leading rusher and scorer, was suspended by coach Glen Mason on Thursday and will not travel to Saturday's game at Nebraska.

Mason's announcement came about seven hours after Henley was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with an expired license and driving without proof of insurance, according to Lawrence police reports.

It wasn't clear how long Henley's suspension would last. Mason declined additional comment. The suspension was announced in a press release.

Lawrence police reported that an officer pulled Henley and a passenger over shortly after 2 a.m. near Ninth and Iowa streets. Henley was allegedly driving 52 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The officer then administered a field sobriety test, which Henley failed, police Lt. Kevin Harmon said. Henley later took an alcohol breath test, the results of which were not released.

"It was sufficient for his arrest," Harmon said.

Henley posted $850 bond to appear in court Nov. 6.

Henley leads the team in rushing (790 yards) and scoring (13 touchdowns). He ranks fourth in the Big 12 and seventh nationally in rushing yards per game.

Henley rushed for 187, 201 and 216 yards in the Jayhawks' first three games, but he was held to 63 yards by Oklahoma and 43 yards by Texas Tech. He gained 80 yards on 26 carries last weekend against Colorado.

Henley will be replaced in the starting lineup by junior Eric Vann, according to the release. Vann, who ranks second on the team in all-purpose yards, has 125 rushing and 178 receiving yards.

Kansas players were off-limits to the media on Thursday. That is standard procedure during the season.

Thursday's incident was not Henley's first run-in with police.

He was cited for contempt of court for failure to pay child support, but that charge was dismissed in June when a Douglas County hearing officer found Henley had been making payments.

He was arrested in January 1995 for an incident of domestic battery after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend twice. Criminal charges were not filed.

In May of 1994, Henley was convicted in Lawrence Municipal Court of shoplifting a leather jacket and a pair of basketball shoes from the 1/2 Price Store, 2727 Iowa.

At that time, an unrelated charge alleging that Henley unlawfully obtained a stolen KU parking permit was dismissed.

Stiebel Shifting: Jim Stiebel, who has started every game at left guard for the Jayhawks this season, will shift to center Saturday, replacing Jared Smith who is suffering from a chronic shoulder injury.

The 6-foot-2, 280-pound Stiebel, a senior who transferred to KU from Nebraska, started five games at center last season. He'll be replaced at guard by Dameon Hunt, a 6-2, 280-pound red-shirt freshman from Gahanna, Ohio.

  • Journal-World reporter Matt Gowen contributed information to this story.

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