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Roberson accused of sexual assault

K-State QB's Fiesta Bowl status may not be determined until game time

Posted: Thursday January 1, 2004 10:09PM; Updated: Thursday January 1, 2004 10:14PM
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Ell Roberson led Kansas State to an 11-3 record this season.
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PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (SI.com) -- Kansas State quarterback Ell Roberson was accused Thursday of sexually assaulting a woman at the team hotel, and his status for the Fiesta Bowl may not be determined until game time.

Kansas State sports information director Garry Bowman said coach Bill Snyder would meet with athletic director Tim Weiser and school president Jon Wefald on Thursday night to discuss the issue, but said a decision likely will not be made until late Friday.

Roberson told police he had consensual sex with the 22-year-old woman, who is a Kansas State alumna and acquaintance of the quarterback, Paradise Valley police Lt. Ron Warner said.

Roberson was "very cooperative" with police and was released from custody around 2 p.m. on Thursday, Warner said.

Neither the woman nor Roberson were staying in the room where they had sex at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Warner said.

Weiser said it would be up to coach Bill Snyder whether Roberson plays Friday night against Ohio State.

"We are dealing with partial information," Weiser said. "To identify an individual, we think, is unfair. But we respect the legal system and the decision they made."

The woman told police she was assaulted between 3-3:30 a.m. The investigation began when the hotel's security office called police at 4:30 a.m. The players had an 11 p.m. curfew on Wednesday.

Medical tests were conducted but results were not expected until next week, Warner said.

A report will then be submitted to the Maricopa County attorney's office to determine if there is sufficient evidence to file charges, Warner said.

Roberson was not with Kansas State players at a pep rally Thursday afternoon, but rejoined the team for a 4 p.m. walkthrough.

The senior from Baytown, Texas, needs 57 yards rushing to become the third player in NCAA Division I history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,000 in a season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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