WVU Football: Rodriguez studies incident

2 players banned from Fan Day, team picture after arrest Sunday

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West Virginia first-team linebacker J.T. Thomas and cornerback Ellis Lankster, vying for a starting job, were prohibited from participating in Fan Day or team-picture activities Sunday, and Mountaineers coach Rich Rodriguez yesterday continued to study the incident that led to their arrest.

Thomas and Lankster each posted a $5,000 bond, and both were released after a hearing before Monongalia County Magistrate Jim Nabors. They spent a few hours in a holding facility awaiting arraignment after Morgantown police arrested them around 1:51 a.m. Sunday -- nearly three hours later than the 11 p.m. curfew Rodriguez imposed on a team that had just broken summer camp and prepared for the start of school yesterday.

The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette reported that police found a stolen computer in Lankster's car, then arrested Lankster and Thomas, who was sitting in the car and told police he bought the laptop second-hand. They were charged with transporting and receiving stolen property, a felony under state law.

Chuck Finder can be reached at cfinder@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1724.


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