Sal Alosi, the Jets' 33-year-old strength and conditioning coach who tripped a Dolphins player on the sideline during Sunday's game at New Meadowlands Stadium, is a former Massapequa High School and Hofstra football player of note who also had a 1999 brush with the law.

Alosi, then 21, was one of eight Hofstra students arrested during Alosi's junior year on the Hempstead campus and accused of forcing their way into a dorm room and assaulting three students. Four of the suspects, including Alosi, were identified by university officials at the time as off-duty campus security employees, and they immediately were suspended from those jobs.

After pleading not guilty to misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault, punishable by up to a year in jail, Alosi later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of harassment in the second degree, a misdemeanor.

He was sentenced to a conditional discharge and 20 hours of community service, Chris Munzing, a spokesman in the Nassau County district attorney's office, said Monday.

Alosi's playing career at Hofstra, which featured three appearances in the Division I-AA playoffs in four years, was not interrupted, and he graduated in 2001 with a degree in exercise science.

A linebacker, he led Hofstra in tackles during his senior season in 2000. According to a November 2000 article in the Massapequa Post, Alosi was that year's co-winner of the annual Hempstead "Mayor's Trophy," recognizing Hofstra players who "best exemplify good sportsmanship and fair play both on and off the field."

Alosi's coach at Hofstra, Joe Gardi, was quoted at the time praising Alosi as "just special," noting he was a walk-on who eventually earned a full football scholarship. (Hofstra dropped its football program a year ago. Gardi, who retired from coaching after the 2005 season, died in June.)

In high school, Alosi was an all-Nassau County player for Massapequa's unbeaten Long Island champions in 1994.

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