Judge Rules Case Against Basketball Player Can Proceed

Thursday, November 8th 2007, 10:54 am
By: News On 6

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) _ A judge has found enough evidence to try a former North Dakota State College of Science basketball player on a theft charge.

Touhomi Ghazoul appeared at a preliminary hearing Wednesday. He is accused of making more than $10,000 worth of unauthorized telephone calls that were billed to the college.

Judge Richard Grosz found probable cause for a trial. Ghazoul, who is from Algeria, remains free on bail pending his next hearing February 5.

The case led the National Junior College Athletic Association to put the Science men's basketball program on probation for one year. The school has said men's head coach Craig Irwin plans to resign after this season.