Kent State quarterback Joshua Cribbs was reinstated to the football team after pleading guilty to marijuana possession in Kent, Ohio. Cribbs, a Dunbar graduate, had been suspended from all football-related activity since he was arrested at his home Jan. 17. He won't be allowed to play in the Sept. 4 season opener at Iowa as part of his punishment, Athletic Director Laing Kennedy said.
Cribbs pleaded guilty to the possession charge Tuesday, Portage County prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said yesterday. Cribbs had originally been charged with trafficking in marijuana.
A sentencing date hasn't been set.
"Josh is reinstated to the football team and will be able to get back to the business of being a student and an athlete at Kent State University," Kennedy said in a statement Tuesday.
Cribbs set school records for season and career total offense last fall. He completed 178 of 364 passes for 2,424 yards and 14 touchdowns, while rushing 161 times for 701 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The Golden Flashes went 5-7 overall and 4-4 in the Mid-American Conference -- the school's second-best record in the last 15 seasons.
Cribbs apologized Tuesday to his family, school and teammates.
"I've learned that I am responsible for all my actions and during the last five months, the hardest thing has been the fear of not being able to provide for my family, go to school at Kent State and play football," he said.
-- Associated Press