Originally created 10/20/06

Attempted murder charge for punter



Prosecutors filed a charge of attempted first-degree murder Thursday against a former University of Northern Colorado backup punter accused of stabbing his rival in the kicking leg.

Mitchell Cozad, 21, is accused of stabbing starter Rafael Mendoza on Sept. 11 outside Mendoza's apartment. Mendoza, who has returned to the team, was treated for a 3- to 5-inch deep puncture wound in his right thigh and released.

Cozad, of Wheatland, Wyo., also faces one count of second-degree assault. Prosecutors said he could face up to 48 years in prison if convicted.

His attorney, Joseph A. Gavaldon, did not immediately return a call.

Greeley, Colo., Police Lt. Gary Kessler said at the time the motive appeared to be competition for the starting job.

CLEMSON: Oprah Winfrey will be the latest to air the story of Clemson defensive back Ray Ray McElrathbey raising his 11-year-old brother, Fahmarr.

The Oprah Winfrey Show taped a segment with the McElrathbey brothers this week. The show is scheduled to be broadcast today.

The show features children who are running their households. The elder McElrathbey, 20, took custody of his younger brother this summer because of their mother's continuing battle with drug addiction.

Ray Ray had said he wanted Fahmarr near him because he didn't want to worry about the middle school student going to foster care.

The two share an off-campus apartment.

The NCAA granted Clemson a waiver so members of the coaching staff and their families could help Fahmarr with transportation to and from R.C. Edwards Middle School. A trust fund was also established to help with Fahmarr's care.

COLORADO: The Colorado Court of Appeals refused to order the release of a grand jury's investigation report on a football recruiting scandal at the University of Colorado that prompted tighter controls on the school's athletic department.

A three-judge appeals court panel said that a Denver District Court judge made the right decision under state grand jury secrecy rules that allow the release of an investigative report only if no indictments are made.

In September 2004, the judge refused to unseal the report because the investigation resulted in a single indictment against a former football recruiting aide.

DARTMOUTH-HOLY CROSS BRAWL: The Dartmouth athletic department and football team apologized for the fight that broke out at the end of its game with Holy Cross last weekend as the college and police continued to investigate the incident.

After winning in overtime, Holy Cross players celebrated atop the Dartmouth "D" painted on the field, and fights broke out when the teams lined up for post-game handshakes. Some players were thrown to the ground and kicked. Coaches, campus security and Hanover police broke it up. No one was hurt.

"It is obvious that many players and some staff of both teams were involved in this incident," athletic director Jo Ann Harper said. But she said she was not able to identify specific participants.