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Nix Pleads Guilty To Reduced Charge, Will Remain On Spartans


MSU junior center Derrick Nix pleaded guilty Thursday morning to a reduced charge of impaired driving, court officials told MLive.

Nix was arrested April 2 for operating a vehicle in the presence of drugs and possession of marijuana. The first charge was reduced to impaired driving and the marijuana charge was dismissed. The reduction of charges is not abnormal in these situations. Nix ix scheduled for sentencing on May 11.

Per MLive:

The offense is punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a $300 fine, as well as a 180-day driver's license suspension and four points on a driver's record.

The center was expected to be a leader on next year's squad. He has had issues with basketball coach Tom Izzo in the past, mostly about his weight, but seemed to have put things together this past season, averaging career-highs in almost every statistic. After the Spartans lost to Louisville in the Sweet 16, Nix spoke in front of the team and said he would take over the leadership role.

But he was arrested less than two weeks later. Following the arrest, Izzo said in a statement that Nix's future with the team was "in serious jeopardy."

Update: Izzo announced Thursday that Nix will remain on the team. Joe Rexrode says that Izzo hasn't yet come up with a specific punishment, including a possible suspension, but Izzo said he hopes Nix will finally start to become a man.

For those of you wondering about the car: