2012 Illinois Offseason: Fighting Illini Suspend Justin Staples Following DUI

The Illinois Fighting Illini have suspended junior Justin Staples indefinitely, according to the Daily Illini. Staples was charged with driving under the influence after being pulled over on Feb. 9.

Staples played the "bandit" position in the previous Illinois defensive scheme, and despite the recent off-field problems with Staples, the new Illini head coach, Tim Beckman, appears to still have plans for him. In a recent interview with ESPN's Big Ten Blog, Beckman named Staples as a possible breakout candidate in the 2012-13 season:

There's a possibility of a Justin Staples or a Timmy Kynard or a Brandon Denmark [making tremendous strides]. All of our defensive ends have had outstanding winter workouts, and now they've got to prove it on the field during spring.

The Illini will kick off their spring action on April 14th with their annual navy and blue exhibition game. It is unclear whether or not Staples will participate.

For more coverage of the Illini, be sure to explore Hail to the Orange. Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for live, in-game scores and updates.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.