July 31, 2004
After pleading guilty Wednesday in Scottsdale Municipal Court to a pair of criminal charges, Arizona State defensive end Connor Banks will not play in the season opener against Texas-El Paso, coach Dirk Koetter announced Friday.
Banks was arrested in late June after being involved in an alcohol-induced one-car accident in Scottsdale.
Six of the eight criminal counts Banks faced were dismissed by the city attorney.
In a plea agreement, Banks pled guilty to extreme DUI and criminal damage. Banks begins serving a 14-day stint at the Maricopa County Estrella Jail in Phoenix today. Banks was fined $856 and must pay $2,882.50 in fines, court and jail costs.
Banks will be on work release from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday while serving his jail sentence.
Additionally in accordance to his plea agreement, Banks will be required to participate in two counseling programs, one of them sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Banks, 21, will not participate in drills at Camp Tontozona, which begin Aug. 11, Koetter said.
He will rejoin the squad Aug. 21.
Previously, Koetter had prohibited Banks from wearing his number, 42, which is being retired because it was also worn by the late Pat Tillman, who was killed in Afghanistan this year while serving in the U.S. Army.
Banks, from Richmond, Calif., filled in at defensive tackle during spring practice, but was to return to defensive end for fall camp.
A fifth-year senior, Banks played in all 12 games last season, participating in nine tackles.