Judge rejects request to revoke Collins' probation

BATON ROUGE (AP) — A state judge has rejected a prosecution request to revoke former Miami running back Cecil Collins' probation

and send him back to prison for up to five years.

At a hearing Thursday, The Advocate reported District Judge Mike Caldwell stayed his ruling pending

an appeal by East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Sue Bernie.

Caldwell set a $25,000 bond for the 36-year-old Collins, a standout at LSU and McNeese State. He ordered him to remain in

Louisiana while the matter is on appeal.

Collins, from Leesville, was released May 1 from a Florida

prison and extradited to Louisiana after serving 13 1/2 years for

committing a 1999

burglary in Miami while on probation in Louisiana. Following his

arrest in Florida, Louisiana officials issued a warrant against

him for violating probation.