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Kinsey: Suspension ‘learning experience’

September 6, 2001

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Mario no longer is mum.

Kansas University red-shirt freshman quarterback Mario Kinsey spoke with members of the media Wednesday for the first time since serving a one-game suspension for violating team rules.

"I'm glad to be back," the soft-spoken Kinsey said. "What happened, I'm using that as a learning experience to help me become a better person and a better ballplayer. I feel I let my teammates down for what happened and I apologize."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Kinsey, along with sophomore tailback Reggie Duncan, sat out last week's season-opening victory over Southwest Missouri State for a violation of team rules. Both players were investigated by KU police regarding a June purse theft.

As of Wednesday, Douglas County District Attorney Christine Kenney still hadn't decided whether to file charges.

Kinsey previously had been arrested and charged for possession of marijuana last May in his hometown of Waco, Texas. He was charged after being arrested while riding in a car that was pulled over for reckless driving at 2:12 a.m. on May 25. While searching the vehicle, police found a small bag containing marijuana.

Kinsey declined to talk about the specifics of the suspension or the arrest. His lawyer in Texas, John Donahue, didn't return calls from the Journal-World.

KU coach Terry Allen had no comment about the incident in Waco.

During his weekly press conference Wednesday, though, Allen did address the subject of Kinsey's playing time for Saturday morning's game against No. 14 UCLA. KU sophomore Zach Dyer, who started in the opener, will get the nod against the Bruins.

"We're just really trying to get Mario back in the flow of things," Allen said. "Obviously Zach will start, but we'd like to get Mario back on the field. We don't have a designated time or quarter or anything."

Kinsey also wasn't sure what role he would play against the Bruins.

"I probably won't know until later on in the week," Kinsey said, "because me and Zach have been going in and out with the first-team offense. So as far as what my role will be, I don't know, but whatever it is I just want to do my best."

Kickoff is 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Stadium.

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