URBANA - Illinois defensive tackle Josh Brent is serving a 60-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to drunken driving. Brent, a Central Catholic graduate, pleaded guilty June 2 to misdemeanor driving under the influence.
He was arrested Feb. 21 in Urbana, near the university's campus, after being stopped for speeding.
Court officials said Brent, 21, started serving his sentence immediately after his plea and could be out of jail in 30 days with credit for time served. He also has been placed on two years of probation.
Meanwhile, Brent remains on indefinite suspension from the football team. Illinois spokesman Cassie Arner said Thursday that Illinois coach Ron Zook would not comment on Brent's situation until the legal process concludes.
Brent, who started eight games last season, did not participate in spring practice. Fall practice begins in August.
Tony Novak, Brent's attorney, said Brent likely will be out of jail after 30 days.
"As powerful and huge as Josh is, you couldn't imagine a more soft-spoken and reasonable person," Novak said. "He immediately understood the situation that he got himself in. He agreed to a jail sentence that, quite frankly, I felt is somewhat harsh. But he's taking it like a man."
Novak could only speculate on Brent's future in football.
"From my point of view, he should be given a second chance," Novak said. "He's cleared everything from his record and taken the consequences for it."