Seminoles reinstate lineman after scuffle

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden
reinstated offensive lineman Bobby Meeks on Thursday after a county
court dropped felony charges stemming from a scuffle outside a
nightclub earlier this month.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound guard was charged with two felony counts
of battery on a law enforcement officer and a third felony charge
for resisting arrest with violence during a confrontation outside a
nightclub in the early hours of July 11.

Those were reduced to misdemeanor charges Thursday, and Meeks
received a year's probation and 30 days with the Sheriff's
Department workcamp. He also was ordered to pay court costs, write
a letter of apology to the police officers involved and was
prohibited from returning to the nightclub.

"The incident as reported in the media is out of character for
him," Bowden said. "He does not drink and he has never been in

The player's uncle, Albert Meeks Jr., also was charged with
battery in the fight with officers.

A senior from Aldine, Texas, Meeks started nine games last
season. He missed two games because of a shoulder injury.