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Illinois QB's father barred from campus

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A one-year ban from the Illinois campus will prevent the father of the Fighting Illini's starting quarterback from attending home games for the rest of the season.

Nate Creer was watching his son, Nathan Scheelhaase, on Saturday when an altercation broke out with as many as four people in the Memorial Stadium stands during Illinois' 42-3 homecoming loss to Michigan State.

Creer, a former Iowa football player, was charged with resisting arrest. He pleased not guilty in a court appearance on Monday and a hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17. Campus police believe alcohol was involved.

"He resisted and obstructed the officer's efforts to remove him from the incident," university police chief Jeff Christensen said. "He became somewhat aggressive with the officer."

Creer was sent a letter from the university stating his banishment from the campus for a year. He does have the option to appeal. But if Creer violates the order, he could be charged with criminal trespassing.

"I've kept it as a family matter," Scheelhaase said Tuesday, according to the Champaign News-Gazette. "When you're a senior, you've kind of been through the whole gambit. You know there's going to be different distractions throughout your career, and the best thing I have is I have a bunch of people in here who are focused on this next game, focused on what we need to do every day.

"When you're surrounded by those people that you've been around for years now makes life really easy. It was great to get back into the swing of things and kind of get focused on football."
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