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Ole Miss QB Eli Manning Arrested

February 3, 2000 GMT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) _ Mississippi freshman quarterback Eli Manning was jailed briefly after his arrest last weekend for public drunkenness.

Manning, 19, is the son of former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints star Archie Manning and the brother of Peyton Manning, quarterback for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.

Also charged were Justin Wade, a redshirt freshman linebacker from Jackson, according to justice court records.

The charges were filed after campus police were called to a fraternity party late Saturday night. Records show Manning also was charged with disorderly conduct, while Wade, 19, faced an additional charge of possession of liquor by a minor.

Campus police declined to discuss the charges, and a spokesman for the Oxford Police Department said his agency was not involved.

Manning, contacted Thursday by telephone in Oxford, said he had no comment and Wade could not be reached.

``Apparently two of our players, Eli Manning and Justin Wade, have used poor judgment at a party over the weekend,″ Ole Miss football coach David Cutcliffe said in a statement.

``Although I do not condone their behavior in any way, I know these young men regret their actions and we will take steps to ensure they have learned from their mistakes,″ Cutcliffe said.

The coach said disciplinary action would be taken ``as an internal team matter.″