Illinois lineman arrested, faces court hearing

Illinois offensive lineman Hugh Thornton was arrested over the

weekend following a fight at a bar and may not play this weekend

against No. 2 Ohio State.

Illinois spokesman Kent Brown said Monday that coach Ron Zook

has not decided whether Thornton will play on Saturday. He said

Thornton is practicing.

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said Thornton was

not charged in the fight. But after allegedly admitting he used

someone else’s ID to get in the bar, she has filed paperwork to

revoke his court supervision from a 2009 arrest for unlawful

consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Thornton is due in court Oct. 13. Rietz said he could be

sentenced to up to a year in jail for the earlier misdemeanor


The 19-year-old Thornton did not respond to an e-mail seeking