Preliminary hearings for Sanders, Meander rescheduled

Natalie Sullivan

The preliminary hearings for former Texas football players Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander, both of whom were charged earlier this summer with second-degree felonies for sexual assault, were rescheduled again Tuesday. 

Meander’s hearing was reset to 9 a.m. on Oct. 16, and Sanders’ was reset for the same time Oct. 17, according to Travis County district court bailiff Anthony Casarez.

Meander and his attorney did not show in court Tuesday, when the hearing was originally supposed to occur. Sanders’ attorney Brian Roark appeared before District Judge Mike Lynch to reset the hearing date for Sanders but otherwise declined to comment on the case.

This is the second time the preliminary hearings have been rescheduled. They were originally set for Aug. 7 and then delayed to Sept. 2. 

The two former wide receivers were arrested in July after allegedly sexually assaulting a female student in San Jacinto Residence Hall. According to UTPD Chief David Carter, both were later released on bond because they did not pose a danger to other students.

If convicted, both players could possibly face a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Immediately following the arrests, head coach Charlie Strong suspended both players from the team for an indefinite amount of time. On Aug. 3, he announced that they had been dismissed from the team because of the charges against them.

The students are also being investigated by Student Judicial Services, which could result in the players’ expulsion fromthe University.