On the heels of accepting a consecutive bowl bid and the third in four years, Mizzou could not help but to have its parade rained on. Bad news came when running back Tony Temple pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disturbing the peace stemming from a misdemeanor assault case.
Temple had previously pleaded guilty to the same charge but was denied by Judge Larry Bryson. This time, no objection was made and Temple was sentenced to 18 months supervised probation along with 20 hours of community service.
The junior tailback was accused of punching a Columbia restaurant employee over an incident involving Temple’s girlfriend in June. He was suspended from the team for summer workouts and is not expected to miss any more time on the field.
Temple, a Kansas City native, leads the team with 868 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Mizzou will play in the Sun Bowl Dec. 29 against Oregon State.