Marc Jones, former Vista High School running back who is scheduled to be released from prison on Friday, has been awarded a scholarship to play football at the University of Washington and is expected to start classes on March 27.
Jones has served eight months of a year’s sentence in a minimum-security prison after pleading guilty to mayhem in connection with the beating and partial blinding of a Fallbrook teen-ager in an Aug. 29, 1987 incident.
“We’ve evaluated him harder than any player I’ve evaluated in my coaching career, which is more than 30 years,” Washington football Coach Don James told the Seattle Times.
“His background is probably better than most players we bring in . . . He made one mistake.”
Jones, 19, rushed for 1,160 yards and was the most valuable player in the Palomar League his senior year. He also won all-state honors.
The Sockers have signed former Minnesota Striker and Los Angeles Lazer goalkeeper Tim Harris to a 10-day contract.
Harris, who was 7-5 with a 5.12 goals-against average for Minnesota last season, will replace Felipe Hernandez starting Friday night when the Sockers play at Kansas City.
Hernandez, who was 0-1 with the Sockers, already has been signed to two 10-day contracts this season, the most allowed by the Major Indoor Soccer League.
Anja Bordt’s game-high 36 points led St. Mary’s (19-9, 12-2) to a conference championship and a 76-71 West Coast Athletic Conference victory over host University of San Diego.
Paula Mascari had 20 points and Rochelle Lightner added 13 for USD (10-17, 6-8), which finished fourth in the conference.