Johnson could appeal to return to football team


MISSOULA, Mont. - Jordan Johnson could go through an appeal process to return to the University of Montana football team.

NBC Montana spoke with University of Montana President Royce Engstrom Saturday, about Jordan Johnson's prospects of returning to the Griz football team in the wake of his acquittal.

A jury found Johnson not guilty of rape, the decision was announced in court Friday.

"I think that's been the plan all along, we haven't really talked about it much," said Johnson's uncle Lane Johnson outside the courthouse Friday.  "I'll tell you Montana would be lucky to get him back, so I hope he does."

Engstrom said Johnson can approach UM's Athletic Conduct Team (ACT) to express his desire to return to the football team. The ACT would then consider it, and make a recommendation.

Technically, there is no deadline to make the appeal, but if Johnson did so in time, he could be one of four quarterbacks participating in spring training.

UM Athletic Director Kent Haslam, as well as an associate athletic director, faculty athletic representative and chair of the University Athletic Committee make up the ACT.

NBC Montana will keep you updated.

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