Decision rests solely on head coach

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Kansas State quarterback Ell Roberson may, or may not, play in tonight's Fiesta Bowl, but if he doesn't it will be because he broke the team's 11 p.m. curfew on New Year's Eve, not because of sexual assault allegations he has faced in the last two days.

In a statement released by Kansas State on Friday, director of athletics Tom Weiser said a thorough review of allegations against Roberson had led the school to conclude that no criminal act had occurred. He said that it will be up to coach Bill Snyder whether Roberson plays against Ohio State.

According to Paradise Valley, Ariz., police, a woman who was visiting Arizona for the bowl game reported to authorities shortly after 4:30 a.m. (MT) Thursday that Roberson had sexually assaulted her about an hour earlier in a room at the team's hotel. Police questioned Roberson, who told them that he had consensual sex with the woman.

Roberson was neither arrested nor charged, and a report is expected to be submitted to the Maricopa County attorney's office to determine if there is sufficient evidence to file charges. A spokesman for the county attorney's office said Friday that it has yet to receive the police report.

Medical tests were conducted but results aren't expected until early next week.

Neither the woman nor Roberson was staying in the room where the incident was said to have occurred at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, police Lt. Ron Warner said.

"A through review of allegations against senior quarterback Ell Roberson has led the university to conclude that no criminal act occurred," Weiser said Friday, in giving the go-ahead for Roberson to play if Snyder so chooses. On Thursday, Weiser criticized police for releasing Roberson's name, even though charges were not filed.

Weiser said Thursday it was unclear whether a curfew violation
had occurred. On Friday, his statement did not address the issue.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.