Miami's Moore pleads no contest in assault case

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami wide receiver Ryan Moore pleaded no contest Wednesday to criminal mischief and battery charges stemming from an August altercation involving two women in a car.

Moore's plea came after prosecutors upgraded the criminal mischief charge to a felony because of damage caused to the victim's car when Moore kicked it. The battery charge is a misdemeanor.

Under a plea agreement, Moore will enter a court pretrial diversion program that includes 50 hours of community service, anger management classes and payment of $1,307 in restitution to the victim for damage to her car.

If he successfully completes the program, prosecutors will dismiss the charges. Otherwise, Moore could get up to five years in prison on the felony.

The agreement was approved by Miami-Dade County Judge Lawrence King. Neither Moore nor his attorney, Robert Nesmith, would comment after the hearing.

Moore, a senior from Orlando, was suspended from playing football after the August incident but was reinstated to play in the Nov. 4 game against Virginia Tech. He has played in two games for the Hurricanes this season, catching seven passes for 69 yards and one touchdown.

In 35 career games with the Hurricanes, Moore has 89 receptions for 1,274 yards and 10 touchdowns.