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IU receiver suspended following fight arrest

Cornett

– Indiana is already down one wide receiver.

Redshirt sophomore Caleb Cornett was suspended after being arrested early Wednesday stemming from an altercation in downtown Bloomington but will not face charges of battery and disorderly conduct, according to the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office. The prosecutor opted against pressing charges, deeming the fracas a “mutual physical altercation.”

Cornett was observed by officers punching a man in the face on Kirkwood Avenue, west of Dunn Street, IU Police Department Lt. Craig Munroe said.

The victim was knocked unconscious and taken to Bloomington Hospital. His status was not updated.

The fight occurred about 3 a.m.

Cornett was transported to the Monroe County Jail and released Thursday afternoon.

“We are aware of Caleb’s situation and take this matter very seriously,” Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson said in a statement. “At this time, Caleb is suspended from all team activities. Once we gather all of the facts and information, we will move forward accordingly.”

Cornett appeared in 11 games last season, mostly on special teams, and was expected to be in the Hoosiers’ wide receiver rotation this fall. Shane Wynn is the Hoosiers’ top returnee at wide receiver, with the departure of Cody Latimer and Kofi Hughes.

Still, the Hoosiers are expecting more offensive fireworks. They’re one of the most veteran units in the country and return 56 percent of last season’s production, a group that ranked ninth nationally in total offense.

Wynn, quarterback Nate Sudfeld and running back Tevin Coleman combined for 4,285 yards of total offense 46 touchdowns.

According to the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office, the person Cornett struck had provoked him earlier in the evening. Instead of charging both parties, they opted to charge neither.

Cornett was previously arrested in December for reckless driving and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

He pleaded guilty to reckless driving in June and was sentenced to 180 days in jail (178 suspended) and 55 hours of community service. Cornett’s driver’s license was suspended for six months and he was placed on probation for one year.

Indiana plays host to Indiana State in the season opener at noon Aug. 30.

krowland@jg.net

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