Out of sight for Insight.com Bowl
Missouri CB Perkins suspended for bowl game
Posted: Saturday December 26, 1998 07:16 PM
TUCSON, Arizona (AP) -- Missouri cornerback Wade Perkins, who led the Big 12 with six interceptions, was suspended and sent home before the Insight.com Bowl on Saturday night.
Perkins, a senior, returned home to Las Vegas, Nevada, 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.
Perkins was replaced in the lineup for the game against West Virginia by sophomore Julian Jones, who is listed as a free safety but is Missouri's top reserve at all four secondary positions. Jones, making his first career start, also was the Tigers' special teams MVP.
The switch is only the fourth defensive lineup change Missouri has made all season.
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 was expected to play, however.
Crittendon, 6-foot-4 and 289 pounds, played several series at Ohio State when right tackle Todd Neimeyer had heat cramps. Crittenden also played on extra-point and field goal attempts and in other backup situations.
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