Bethel reinstated by TTU, will sit 3 games

Nigel Bethel II has been reinstated by Texas Tech, less than three weeks after he was dismissed for punching Red Raiders women's basketball player Amber Battle.

The freshman cornerback from Miami will return to Lubbock, Texas, and rejoin the program but will be suspended for Texas Tech's first three games, the school announced Wednesday.

"This is an unfortunate situation with a unique set of circumstances and there are no winners," Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in a statement. "Every decision related to this case has been the right one at that particular time based upon our principles, student-athlete code of conduct and team rules.

"As I continued to work with Coach [Kliff] Kingsbury and Coach [Candi] Whitaker, we looked at the totality of the situation and have arrived at this decision. Two talented young people made a mistake, have shown remorse and learned some very valuable life lessons."

Bethel's suspension for 25 percent of the season is equal to the one-month suspension Battle previously received for all TTU games in the month of November.

"I'm really excited," Bethel told ESPN.com about his reinstatement. "I feel like Texas Tech is my only home."

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