Team sus­pends three fac­ing charges in fight

Austin American-Statesman - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - Byjohn Hunt The Ore­go­nian

COR­VAL­LIS, ORe. — Three Ore­gon State foot­ball play­ers were ar­raigned on misdemeanor as­sault and dis­or­derly con­duct charges Mon­day, and coach Mike Ri­ley said they were sus­pended from the team.

The sta­tus of Ru­dolf Fi­fita, Mana Rosa and Dyl­lon Mafi for the Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl matchup with Texas is un­cer­tain.

“They’re sus­pended right now and prob­a­bly will re­main that way,” Ri­ley said.

The three play­ers al­legedly were in­volved in a fight at the Im­pulse Bar & Grill in Cor­val­lis early Satur­day morn­ing. One of the two vic­tims said Fi­fita, a se­nior de­fen­sive end from Eu­less, punched him in the face af­ter an ar­gu­ment in the re­stroom.

Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, Rosa, a ju­nior de­fen­sive tackle from Haiku, Hawaii, and Mafi, a ju­nior line­backer from Oak­land, Calif., were iden­ti­fied as sus­pects who joined the fight. The play­ers were ar­rested af­ter flee­ing the bar and run­ning south across the OSU cam­pus.

All had shed cloth­ing and changed hair­styles be­fore a Cor­val­lis po­lice of­fi­cer de­tained them.

All three play­ers face two counts of fourthde­gree as­sault and one count of sec­ond-de­gree dis­or­derly con­duct. Mafi faces an ad­di­tional charge of mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of age by mi­nor and also was cited for mi­nor in pos­ses­sion of al­co­hol.

Fi­fita had been one of the un­sung heroes of a much-im­proved OSU de­fense. He had 13 tack­les, a forced fum­ble, a fum­ble re­cov­ery, and was third on the team in sacks (2½) and fourth in tack­les for loss (5½). Rosa had four tack­les and a sack; Mafi had three tack­les and a forced fum­ble.

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