Murfreesboro, TN (BlueRaiders.com) - MTSU senior quarterback Dwight Dasher will not face criminal charges for his alleged actions in accepting a $1,500 loan from VA hospital patient Oliver Donnell last summer.
Donnell, an 80-year-old Murfreesboro resident, went before the grand jury Wednesday hoping for an indictment against Dasher, but the grand jury denied his request.
Dasher was accused of using two checks allegedly stolen from his roommate, Colin Boss, as collateral for the loan. Boss did not press charges against Dasher, but Donnell hoped to convince the grand jury to move forward.
"I can't blame the (the grand jury) for saying no. You never know how these things will go," Donnell said. "But I don't think (Dasher) handled this the right way."
An MTSU spokesman did not offer immediate comment when reached by phone Friday afternoon. Dasher was unavailable for comment, as he is taking final exams for the fall semester and preparing to play for MTSU in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 6.
Donnell said he plans to seek civil action in early 2011 against Dasher for the money he says the quarterback still owes him as part of the loan.
Dasher was suspended four games for accepting the loan in violation of NCAA rules. The NCAA ruled that Dasher had repaid the loan in full, based on information provided from the university.
In 2009, Dasher became only the fourth player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,500 yards in the same season. Dasher struggled following his suspension this season, but he improved late to help MTSU win three straight games and earn a second-straight bowl bid.