GREELEY, Colo. -- Northern Colorado officials told
student-athletes at a mandatory meeting Sunday that the school
would not stand for being embarrassed by off-field behavior any longer.
President Kay Norton held the meeting to underscore school rules
in the wake of arrests or citations of at least three football
"We are representatives of the University of Northern Colorado
every minute of every day, 24-7, whether we feel like it at that
moment or not," Norton told more than 400 student-athletes Sunday.
Former backup punter Mitch Cozad faces charges of attempted
first-degree murder and second-degree assault in an attack on
starter Rafael Mendoza, who was stabbed in his kicking leg last
Police said at the time the motive may have been competition for
the starting job. Cozad has not entered a plea but has been
suspended from school and from the team.
Two weeks ago, defensive lineman and co-captain Jacob Carlson
was cited for disorderly conduct after a bar fight. A police report
indicated Carlson was punched after telling a Hispanic man he
didn't like Mexicans. He has been suspended from the team.
Last weekend, fullback Garrett Bliss was arrested on suspicion
of third-degree assault. Police said investigators suspect Bliss was angry over text messages sent to his girlfriend's mobile phone.
He was suspended for one game.