K-State questionable after alleged assault

Posted: Friday, January 02, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. The Kansas State Wildcats considered their Fiesta Bowl matchup with Ohio State the biggest game yet for their once-downtrodden program.

The euphoria over the team's first BCS appearance faded, though, with news that quarterback Ell Roberson has been accused by a woman of sexually assaulting her at the team's hotel.

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.

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

Kansas State athletic director Ken Weiser said it would be up to coach Bill Snyder whether Roberson, the Wildcats' career total-offense record holder, would play Friday night against Ohio State. Freshman Dylan Meier is the backup quarterback.

''I've know coach Snyder for several years now and I know he'll do the right thing,'' Weiser said.

''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 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 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.

The senior from Baytown, Texas, needs 67 yards to become the third player in NCAA Division I history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,000 in a season.

AP Sports Writer Steve Brisendine contributed to this report.

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