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rabbit_tracks
09-13-2006, 08:56 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2585781

GREELEY, Colo. -- The University of Northern Colorado's reserve punter was arrested Tuesday, accused of stabbing his rival in his kicking leg.

Mitch Cozad, a sophomore from Wheatland, Wyo., allegedly attacked starting punter Rafael Mendoza in a parking lot in Evans on Monday night, Evans police Lt. Gary Kessler said.

Mendoza, the Bears' first-string punter from Thornton, was treated and released from the North Colorado Medical Center Monday night. Coach Scott Downing said Mendoza will not punt for UNC in Saturday's game at Texas State University.

"I don't know how long he'll be out because I haven't talked to the doctor," Downing said.

Cozad, Mendoza and freshman Zak Bigelow had been in a three-way race for the starting punter's job in preseason training. Mendoza has averaged 37.6 yards per punt on nine punts in the two games so far this season.

Cozad is facing second-degree assault charges and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a bond hearing. He was suspended from the team, evicted from his residence and expelled from school on Tuesday, The Greeley Tribune reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NorCalJack
09-13-2006, 10:14 AM
Wow, it's like Nancy Carigan and Tanya Harding all over again. ;D ;D ;D

Well the Big Sky selected UNC to get more media coverage, I'm not sure this is the type of coverage they were expecting. It is too bad that one guy can ruin the reputation of an entire team. Glad to see him expelled from school.

CatchEmAll
09-13-2006, 11:04 AM
So, with UNC fans can we now use "At least our punter didn't stab someone" as a smack comeback?

rabbit_tracks
09-13-2006, 11:51 AM
I believe the ALMIGHTY Global Moderator would consider that a "personal attack" on another member. (Both the knifing and ensueing verbal warfare.)

MilwaukeeJacksAlum
09-13-2006, 12:11 PM
nothing says "rich football tradition" like stabbing your punter in the leg.

CatchEmAll
09-13-2006, 12:17 PM
If they had stayed DII this incident probably would have never happened.

Seriously, what's the logic this guy had? I think I should be starting punter. Someone else is in front of me on the depth chart. If I stab him he can't kick, thus I become #1 on the depth chart. Sounds like plan.

thebluehatman
09-13-2006, 12:40 PM
Good day for crazy news all over the world. Raccoons stealing kid's homework and punters getting stabbed.

LARGO - Brenda Dannewitz has heard a lot of excuses about missing homework during her 22 years as a chorus teacher.

"I've heard 'My dog's eaten my music,' 'My little brother ripped my music because he's mad at me,' 'It's in Dad's car and I'm at Mom's,' " said Dannewitz, who teaches at Osceola Middle School.

But the story 13-year-old Stephanie King told Thursday beat them all:

"I explained that the raccoon fell from the ceiling in my bathroom and it ran into my bedroom ... and animal control came out to get it and they couldn't catch it and they said we couldn't go in my room," Stephanie said.

The best part of the story - it's true.

On Friday, Stephanie's grandmother and legal guardian, Natalie King, talked to school officials about the missing homework. "I told them she can't get her homework, her books, because everything is locked in the bedroom," King said.
http://www.sptimes.com/2006/09/09/Southpinellas/Sure__kid__a_raccoon_.shtml

Sorry for taking this off topic but with crazy news like punters getting stabbed this had to come.

jackrabit1
09-13-2006, 12:50 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2585781

GREELEY, Colo. -- The University of Northern Colorado's reserve punter was arrested Tuesday, accused of stabbing his rival in his kicking leg.

Mitch Cozad, a sophomore from Wheatland, Wyo., allegedly attacked starting punter Rafael Mendoza in a parking lot in Evans on Monday night, Evans police Lt. Gary Kessler said.

Mendoza, the Bears' first-string punter from Thornton, was treated and released from the North Colorado Medical Center Monday night. Coach Scott Downing said Mendoza will not punt for UNC in Saturday's game at Texas State University.

"I don't know how long he'll be out because I haven't talked to the doctor," Downing said.

Cozad, Mendoza and freshman Zak Bigelow had been in a three-way race for the starting punter's job in preseason training. Mendoza has averaged 37.6 yards per punt on nine punts in the two games so far this season.

Cozad is facing second-degree assault charges and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a bond hearing. He was suspended from the team, evicted from his residence and expelled from school on Tuesday, The Greeley Tribune reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.






I think I speak for all of us when I say... W T F??

filbert
09-13-2006, 01:03 PM
I believe the ALMIGHTY Global Moderator would consider that a "personal attack" on another member. (Both the knifing and ensueing verbal warfare.)

Not unless one or the other is the stabber or the stab-ee. :)

filbert
09-13-2006, 01:04 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2585781

GREELEY, Colo. -- The University of Northern Colorado's reserve punter was arrested Tuesday, accused of stabbing his rival in his kicking leg.

Mitch Cozad, a sophomore from Wheatland, Wyo., allegedly attacked starting punter Rafael Mendoza in a parking lot in Evans on Monday night, Evans police Lt. Gary Kessler said.

Mendoza, the Bears' first-string punter from Thornton, was treated and released from the North Colorado Medical Center Monday night. Coach Scott Downing said Mendoza will not punt for UNC in Saturday's game at Texas State University.

"I don't know how long he'll be out because I haven't talked to the doctor," Downing said.

Cozad, Mendoza and freshman Zak Bigelow had been in a three-way race for the starting punter's job in preseason training. Mendoza has averaged 37.6 yards per punt on nine punts in the two games so far this season.

Cozad is facing second-degree assault charges and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a bond hearing. He was suspended from the team, evicted from his residence and expelled from school on Tuesday, The Greeley Tribune reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.






I think I speak for all of us when I say... W T F??

I think that's probably the best and most appropriate reaction . . .

jackmd
09-13-2006, 01:11 PM
I think I speak for all of us when I say... W T F??

Sums up what I was thinking very nicely.

thebluehatman
09-13-2006, 03:44 PM
we had a nice debate about this issue in my intro to ethics class at 1:00. we came up with this idea. It is bad to stab your punter, even if he is your rival.

filbert
09-13-2006, 04:00 PM
we had a nice debate about this issue in my intro to ethics class at 1:00. we came up with this idea. It is bad to stab your punter, even if he is your rival.

Ethics class is obviously off to a good start . . . ;)

Jacks99
09-13-2006, 04:41 PM
I saw the story link on ESPN, but they didn't mention the school and I figured it wasn't a big name. Little did I know it was another Colorado school with issues...

JackTwice
09-13-2006, 05:58 PM
Just saw the story on SportsCenter.

The positive spin...
Any publicity is good publicity????????

JBNJBQ
09-13-2006, 06:24 PM
we had a nice debate about this issue in my intro to ethics class at 1:00. we came up with this idea. It is bad to stab your punter, even if he is your rival.

Ethics class is obviously off to a good start . . . ;)

Do they offer an ethics class at Northern Colorado?

gojacksgo
09-13-2006, 07:06 PM
They discussed it for at like 2 minutes on PTI today....

uncbearsfan
09-13-2006, 07:34 PM
They discussed it for at like 2 minutes on PTI today....


It's been all over the media. Jim Rome had a field day with it, as well as Dan Patrick too. This is nuts.

jackrabit1
09-13-2006, 10:42 PM
It's been all over the media. Jim Rome had a field day with it, as well as Dan Patrick too. This is nuts.

You mean nuts like the backup punter?

I'm sorry, unc, but WOW!

THIS is a real head-scratcher!

Jacks99
09-14-2006, 04:35 PM
This story was at the bototm of the Argus Sports cover page, not sure why :-/

NightHawk78
09-14-2006, 08:26 PM
They likely needed some filler since they're probably short a writer (and a mid-week Jackrabbit story) after Solari went back to Michigan. Plus, Stu probably still thinks UNC is a part of the NCC.......

JackTwice
09-14-2006, 08:51 PM
The stabbed punter makes a statement on ESPN's website. You can see it on ESPN motion.

1bunnies
10-20-2006, 02:38 AM
Mitch Cozad has been formally charged with attempted murder.