The two-year no-contact order against Boise State redshirt freshman tight end David Lucero likely will be removed next month, and he hopes to return to the football program, Boise attorney Jon Cox told the Idaho Statesman on Saturday night.
Lucero entered a guilty plea to misdemeanor battery Friday in a domestic violence incident with a girlfriend who also is a Boise State student-athlete. The original charge was felony attempted strangulation.
Lucero’s case will be dismissed if he completes his two years of probation without incident, said Cox, who represents Lucero.
Part of the plea deal, Cox said, calls for the no-contact order to be removed when Lucero finishes his 32 hours of alcohol/DUI education classes, which is scheduled to happen Jan. 18. He already has completed 32 hours of anger management classes.
Lucero also received two days in jail, which he served upon his arrest.
The victim supported the resolution and requested removal of the no-contact order, Cox said.
“It was resolved that way because that’s the way it should have been resolved,” Cox said. “He never strangled her, he never attempted to strangle her. It looked like in the reports eight different people saw eight different things.”
The Ada County prosecutor’s office didn’t respond to an interview request.
Lucero finished the fall semester at Boise State, Cox said. He was suspended indefinitely from the football team upon his arrest Nov. 17.
The university is conducting a required Title IX investigation into the incident and released the following statement Saturday: “David Lucero remains suspended indefinitely from the Boise State football team. The university process is ongoing in reviewing this matter.”
Lucero, a redshirt freshman, appeared in nine games this season. He has four catches for 63 yards as the fifth man in the tight end rotation.
AKRON’S BROWN, UTAH STATE’S KEETON HONORED
Akron linebacker Jatavis Brown and Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton were honored as the Humanitarian Award recepients at a Famous Idaho Potato Bowl dinner Saturday in Boise.
Brown, the MAC defensive player of the year, makes weekly visits to the Akron Children’s Hospital, has volunteered to speak at elementary schools to promote good study habits and participated in a money-raising event to help raise awareness of sexual violence.
Keeton is a school and Mountain West representative in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committees, reads to local elementary students and also has helped with youth and women’s clinics.
UTAH STATE ASSISTANTS OFF TO NEW STOPS
As success comes, coaching staffs will no doubt be raided. Utah State coach Matt Wells is seeing that in action the last few days.
First, offensive coordinator Josh Heupel was announced as Missouri’s offensive coordinator Thursday, and multiple reports indicate defensive line coach Ikaika Malloe will replace Jeff Choate in the same position at Washington.
“It’s part of the business, the time of the year you can’t stop that stuff from happening and coming out, but I think it’s a compliment to our program,” Wells said. “I believe we’ve hired the right guys, the right people, and if they find an opportunity to do something to benefit themselves, I’m all for it.”
Wells has no concerns about the coaches’ minds being in more than one place, however. “They’re not pulling double duty, they’re Utah State staff members,” he said.
WHAT IS A ZIP?
Akron’s nickname is a shortening of Zippers, a popular rubber shoe in the early 1900s made by the BF Goodrich Company. The company was founded in Akron, Ohio, the rubber capital of the world at the time.
When zippers became common on pants, the school shortened its nickname to the Zips in 1950.
The school’s kangaroo mascot, Zippy, followed in 1953. Zippy is one of five female mascots in Division I. The others are from Delaware, N.C. State, New Mexico and Arizona.