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Friday, August 4, 2006

Randle transfers to SIU

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Former Kansas University running back John Randle -- who was kicked off the KU squad March 14, 2004 after a series of arrests -- has transferred to Southern Illinois, Saluki coach Jerry Kill said.

"After sitting out last year, it's going to take him a little while to get into it," Kill said in a released statement. "But he could make an impact later on in the season, kind of like Brandon Jacobs did (in 2004). Do we know that yet? No. But we're very fortunate to be able to give him a second chance."

The 6-0, 185-pound junior from Wichita Southeast, is enrolled in fall classes at SIU and took part in the first day of practice, will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Randle -- who suffered his sixth brush with the law on April 15, 2006 since arriving at KU in 2003 when he allegedly slapped a 19-year-old woman, who was the acquaintance of friend and KU and Wichita Southeast teammate Jerome Kemp -- led the Jayhawks in rushing in 2004, when he ran for 540 yards. He also caught 35 passes for 274 yards and led the team in scoring with nine touchdowns and 1,065 all-purpose yards.

For more on this story check tomorrow's Lawrence Journal-World or KUsports.com.

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