Pullman police want felony charge for Vandals receiver

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTSMay 23, 2013 

The Pullman, Wash., police department on Wednesday issued a conclusion of its investigation into a March 24 assault involving Washington State and Idaho football players.

The findings recommended second-degree assault charges for Idaho receiver Roman Runner, whom police said knocked former Washington State receiver Mansel Simmons unconscious in the fracas. Runner showed, then put away, a knife before the alleged assault.

Investigators will be forwarding the investigation and the following recommended charges to the Whitman County Prosecuting Attorney who will ultimately determine what criminal charges, if any, will be filed.

Runner, a senior-to-be, had 18 catches for 218 yards and threw a touchdown pass in 2012. An Idaho spokeswoman said Runner is with the team and that the Vandals are "allowing the legal process to run its course" before any final decisions are made.

Pullman detectives also found a pistol near the scene, but were not able to confirm its involvement in the altercation or who carried it. The vehicle the Moscow group arrived in was damaged after the assault, but no evidence was found to identify a suspect.

NEVADA TO NAME FIELD AFTER AULT

The university announced Wednesday that the field at Mackay Stadium will be named Chris Ault Field to honor the College Hall of Fame inductee.

The field will be unveiled at Nevada's home opener against UC Davis on Sept. 7.

Ault is the winningest coach in school history with a record of 233-109-1 in 28 seasons. Ault also played quarterback at Nevada from 1965 to 1967 and earned two degrees from the school.

"I am deeply touched and very humbled," said Ault, who announced his decision to step down as head coach in December. He has since been hired as a consultant for the Kansas City Chiefs.

"This is a significant and deserved recognition," Nevada President Marc Johnson said. "Through his 41-year association with Wolf Pack Athletics and the university, Chris Ault left a tremendous legacy."

OREGON RELEASES MORE DOCUMENTS

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon received a formal notice of allegations in December related to the NCAA investigation into its use of recruiting services.

The notice, released in response to public records requests and first reported by The Register-Guard, follows reports that Oregon already met with the NCAA Committee on Infractions last month.

The NCAA has been looking into payments Oregon made to recruiting services, including a $25,000 payment to Willie Lyles and Houston-based Complete Scouting Services in 2011. Lyles had a connection with an Oregon recruit.

University President Michael Gottfredson received the notice of allegations Dec. 5.

Much of what is included mirrors what was in a summary disposition that Oregon submitted to the NCAA in October.

The NCAA will not comment on ongoing investigations.

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