PULLMAN Reports indicate that Washington State football player Mansel Simmons regained consciousness Monday, about 36 hours after entering a coma induced by injuries during an alleged altercation involving a University of Idaho player.
A nursing supervisor at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane said Simmons was in satisfactory condition Monday evening, after reports to police indicated he had regained consciousness about noon.
The sophomore receiver was originally taken to Pullman Regional Hospital early Sunday morning and diagnosed with possible injuries including skull fractures, bleeding into the sinuses and a shearing brain injury. He was later moved to Sacred Heart.
An unnamed Idaho football player has admitted to being involved in an altercation with Simmons, according to Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant, but the departments investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.
The alleged fight, which Tennant described as alcohol-fueled, occurred in the parking lot of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pullman, near a home on Maple Street where players from both schools had attended a party Saturday night.
In what appears to be a retaliatory act, a 2001 Honda Accord driven by a UI player and parked in the Sacred Heart lot "was basically totaled," Tennant said, with numerous dents and scratches, mirrors removed and the drivers door left hanging on its hinges.
The car belongs to a woman who is apparently the girlfriend of Idaho receiver Kyren Watts, who discovered the damage about two hours after the parking-lot ruckus, police said. But Watts isnt a suspect in the alleged altercation, Tennant said.
Later that morning, a caretaker for Sacred Heart, cleaning the parking lot prior to Sunday Mass, found an unloaded .32-caliber semiautomatic pistol lying amid some grass near the lot, Tennant said.
Theres no initial evidence linking the gun with the alleged fight, though witnesses said someone brandished a knife at some point early in the dispute, police said. There were no apparent injuries associated with either weapon.
Other witness reports indicate that a verbal dispute at the party escalated when some UI players were asked to leave. The dispute was moved to the parking lot, where a fistfight involving at least two people ensued, and police were called.
When police arrived, they found approximately 20 people in the parking lot, not engaged in physical confrontations but "there was a lot of posturing and discord," Tennant said.
Simmons was found lying unconscious, and an ambulance was summoned.
Initial interviews prompted police to gain a search warrant for the residence of a nonscholarship WSU football player, but it was eventually determined that he wasnt even at the site of the incident, Tennant said.
Representatives for both WSU and Idaho said they are looking into the matter and have nothing publicly to report.
Simmons, from Elk Grove, Calif., redshirted in 2011 and made no receptions as a second-year freshman in 2012.