INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 03: Korie Lucious #34 of the Michigan State Spartans looks on against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Korie Lucious Suspended For 1 Exhibition, 1 Regular Season Game

Michigan State's Korie Lucious was arrested in August and charged with an OWI, which was later reduced to reckless driving. Now, Tom Izzo has suspended him for two games.

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Korie Lucious Sentenced For Reckless Driving Charge

From The State News:

Junior guard Korie Lucious was sentenced to one day in jail and hundreds in fines today in East Lansing’s 54-B District Court for reckless driving, stemming from an Aug. 30 arrest where Lucious was arrested for operating while intoxicated.

A court clerk said Lucious was credited one day in jail already, and he faces no additional jail time. He also is required to pay $903.80 in court fees and fines.

Lucious was arrested on an OWI charge back in August. The charge was later reduced to only reckless driving.

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Korie Lucious Suspended For 1 Exhibition, 1 Regular Season Game

Michigan State's first exhibition game is tonight and the Spartans will be without Korie Lucious. Lucious is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, but that's not why he will miss the game. He's out because Tom Izzo has suspended him for two games -- one exhibition contest and one regular season matchup -- for his drunken driving arrest at the end of August.

Lucious' suspension means he will miss tonight's game against Saginaw Valley State and the regular season opener against Eastern Michigan on Nov. 12. He will be able to play in next Monday's exhibition game against Nebraska-Omaha, but he won't make his regular season debut until Nov. 16, when the Spartans take on South Carolina as part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

Michigan State has plenty of depth and will be able to get the younger players experience with Lucious being out, but I'm sure Izzo will be glad to have him back after this suspension is over.

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Korie Lucious To Be Suspended For At Least 2 Games

Michigan State guard Korie Lucious, who was arrested for drunk driving back in August and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge back in September, has been suspended by Tom Izzo for two games. Izzo wasn't quite sure if the suspension will be for more than two games or when exactly it will take place, although Lucious will for sure miss one of the exhibition games.

While Izzo said Lucious definitely will be out for at least one exhibition game and one regular season game, he is not sure if it will be more than that and when the suspension will take place.

"I’m making progress on (deciding)," Izzo said. "I’m just trying to also see where we’re at health wise as one of my conditions. He’ s definitely going to do it, but it’s just when and where."

What's interesting about this story is that it is so similar to the Chris L. Rucker case. Rucker was arrested and charged with an OWI, but he later had the charge reduced to reckless driving, just as Lucious did. Of course, the major difference is that Rucker was already on probation for a previous incident, whereas with Lucious this was a first-time thing. Regardless, both players have either already missed time or will miss time because of a suspension by their head coach.

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Korie Lucious Pleads Guilty To Lesser Charge

From the Detroit News:

Korie Lucious, a junior guard on Michigan State's basketball team, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving on Thursday in 54-B District Court.

Lucious was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of drunken driving in East Lansing. He will be sentenced at 8:15 a.m. on Dec. 20. The lesser charge of reckless driving will stand as long as Lucious stays out of trouble prior to sentencing.

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo had this to say about Lucious' arrest:

“I am disappointed in Korie, and Korie’s disappointed in himself,” men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo said Friday in a statement on the incident. “We look forward to moving past this.”

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