- Associated Press - Friday, August 27, 2010

COLUMBIA, MO. (AP) - The indefinite suspension of Missouri running back Derrick Washington follows a recent accusation of sexual assault by a former classmate.

Court records show the woman obtained a protection order against Washington on June 22. She accused the senior captain and starting tailback of entering her off-campus apartment three days earlier in the middle of the night and sexually assaulting her.

A July hearing was delayed at the woman’s request. The case was dropped in late July after both Washington and the woman failed to show up in court.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel announced Washington’s suspension for undisclosed reasons on Thursday. He has led the Tigers in rushing yards each of the past two years.

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