Details about Johnson's possible return to football kept private


MISSOULA, Mont. - According to the University of Montana's Student Athlete Conduct Code, information about the appeal process to return to a sport is kept private.

Athletic Director Kent Haslam said information about when and if Jordan Johnson files an appeal to return to the football team is a privacy issue. But said if Johnson is successful with an appeal, the public will be notified of his return to the team.

Johnson was suspended from the team when he was charged with sexual intercourse without consent late last July. He was acquitted of that charge last Friday in court, when a jury found him not guilty.

Johnson's uncle Lane Johnson told NBC Montana he believes Johnson wants to play football and "Montana would be lucky to get him back," said Johnson after Friday's verdict.

Once a request is filed it is up to the Athletic Conduct Team (ACT) to make a decision. UM President Royce Engstrom said if Johnson chooses to go through the process the ACT will likely make a quick decision.

Spring football drills start March 18.

To read the Student Athlete Conduct Code click here.