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Suspended forward Sam Miller lost his UD scholarship after his July 30 arrest in Beavercreek.

Suspended University of Dayton basketball player Sam Miller pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct Tuesday afternoon after an incident in the Greene County Jail that originally landed him with an assault charge.

Miller, 20, will not serve additional jail time and will pay a $250 fine, according to court records.

Miller was accused of assaulting a fellow inmate on Sunday, July 30, in the Greene County Jail after an initial arrest for disorderly conduct by intoxication and underage consumption at Caddy's Taphouse in Beavercreek.

"The university has suspended me for one semester, a decision I have accepted without appeal. In addition, my scholarship has been revoked by the athletic department and, therefore, I will not be a part of the men's basketball program at the University of Dayton this fall," Miller said earlier this month in a statement to the Dayton Daily News. The scholarship was revoked for one year.

Miller's attorney, Dennis Lieberman, did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment.

On Monday, Dayton coach Anthony Grant told the Daily News' Tom Archdeacon that Miller "is a good kid who made a very, very bad decision."

"I think he has some personal issues that need attention and hopefully this incident will make him more aware of the things previous coaches and other people have seen," Grant told Archdeacon.

"We have to do what's best for UD basketball and we want our guys to know that while you do have freedom of choice, you don't have freedom of consequences.... But I also want to do what's going to be best for Sam down the way. I didn't want to try to make an example out of him," Grant said.

Miller appeared in 53 of 65 games the past two seasons, averaging 3.9 points and 1.8 rebounds. Miller averaged 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds as a freshman.

Last season, he averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds as a sophomore. Miller was one of five returning players who averaged double-figure minutes. A sixth, junior forward Ryan Mikesell, will miss the season after undergoing two hip surgeries.

With Miller and Mikesell out for the season, Dayton will have 11 scholarship players available when the season begins.

Six of those, including five true freshmen, have never played for Dayton. The other newcomer is redshirt freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo, who sat out last season as a NCAA partial qualifier but did practice with the team starting in January.

Contact this reporter at 937-259-2086 or email Will.Garbe@coxinc.com.

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