According to online court records, Kent State football player Julian Durden, 18, was charged Feb. 13 by Kent State University police on a felony count of receiving stolen property. He was accused by a fellow Korb Hall resident of stealing a woman’s bank debit card from her room Feb. 9. Durden lived on the same dorm floor as the Louisville woman.
A university official said Durden, a freshman from McKees Rock, Pa., is suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.
Durden was jailed for two days before a Pittsburgh relative posted 10 percent of a $20,000 bond set in the Kent branch of the Portage County Municipal Court.
Durden is due back in court for a preliminary hearing Feb. 22. He was assigned a public defender.
In addition, Durden was charged with marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to a summons issued Feb. 9 by Kent State police, Durden had a small amount of marijuana inside a grinder and a glass pipe containing marijuana residue. The citation was issued to Durden in the Korb Hall parking lot.
Court records show Durden was found guilty of the minor misdemeanor drug charges Feb. 11. As part of his plea, he was to be assessed by a drug counselor and seek treatment, if necessary.
If he successfully completes the diversion program, the misdemeanor charges would be dismissed. Durden was also fined $97 and court costs.
— Phil Trexler
Freshman Louis Birchall led the University of Akron men’s golf team to a 14th-place finish in the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate at Magnolia Crossings Golf Course in Mobile, Ala., Tuesday.
Birchall finished in a tie for 44th place with a three-round score of 10-over 226 in the two-day event.
The Zips shot a 56-over 920 for the event, which was won by Auburn at 3-under 861.
Charlie Bull tied for 50th at 12-over 228.
Track and field
University of Akron athletes Brittany Funk, Tyshaun Peoples and Joe Wesley won three of the four Mid-American Conference track athlete of the week honors.
Funk, the Women’s Field Athlete of the Week, had a personal-best 67-6¼ toss in the weight throw and moved into the top 15 nationally.
Peoples, the Men’s Track Athlete of the Week, won in the 60-meter hurdles (7.96) and long jump 23-10¼.
Wesley, the Men’s Field Athlete of the Week, earned his first win of the season in the pole vault with a personal-best jump of 17-9¼. His jump ranks 10th nationally and is the second best in the MAC this season.
— Staff report