Buffs linebacker avoids jail time in off-campus assault

CORRECTION (7/30/08): The original version of this story wrongly reported that Katoa’s guilty plea would make him a convicted felon who likely couldn’t play for CU. Because the sentence is deferred, Katoa will not have a felony on his record if he stays out of trouble for the three-year term.

A University of Colorado linebacker who assaulted a man while holding a rock in his hand earlier this year pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony menacing with a deadly weapon.

District Judge D.D. Mallard gave Lynn Katoa, 19, a deferred sentence in the crime, meaning the freshman five-star recruit from Salt Lake City could face prison time of one to three years if he gets into any legal trouble in the next three years.

The judge also sentenced Katoa to 60 hours of community service, placed him on monitored sobriety and ordered that he have no contact with the victim, Cameron Shafer.

Katoa, who was suspended from the team and by CU’s Office of Judicial Affairs for the spring and summer semesters following the assault, apologized for his actions during the early morning hours of Feb. 16.

“I’m sorry for what I’ve done and I regret that I ever did it,” he said, standing next to his lawyer. “I just want to take responsibility and be a better person and make a better future for myself.”

After the hearing, attorney Sonny Flowers didn’t have much to say about his client’s plea.

“It’s just an unfortunate situation,” he said.

Prosecutor Phil Davis said in court Wednesday that the attack by Katoa was exacerbated by the fact that he victimized an innocent person.

He said Shafer â who the 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker slammed into a wall and struck in the head â had nothing to do with a Taser incident outside the off-campus apartment that prompted the assault.

Davis mentioned in court a letter Shafer wrote regarding the incident.

“He talks about the randomness of the violence and that is my main concern in this case,” Davis said.

Flowers told the judge that Katoa received an indirect shock from a Taser that was fired at a nearby friend, former CU linebacker Justin Nonu.

“I believe the Taser had an effect on his cognitive ability,” he said.

Police said Katoa went into the apartment with a rock in his hand to see whether anyone there was involved in firing it. The man who used the stun gun fled and hasn’t been found.

Witnesses said Katoa pushed a second victim in the head in the apartment, but that person declined to press charges.

Katoa graduated early from Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City and joined the CU program as the only early enrollee in the 2008 recruiting class.

CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard said he is not at liberty to say when Katoa might come off of his suspension, but he said Katoa does not have the academic credits to play for the Buffs in the fall, although he may be allowed to practice with the team.

Coach Dan Hawkins doesn’t allow convicted felons on the football team, but because Katoa’s sentence is deferred, he won’t have a felony on his record if he stays out of trouble for the three-year term.

That puts him in a position to take to the field in the fall of 2009, barring any further problems.

Katoa’s plea comes just over a week after teammate Riar Geer, a Buffs tight end, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor third-degree assault for punching two men at an off-campus party in March.

Geer, who could get two years in jail, is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

Archived comments

no one arrested for the taser. lame.

Oh well, have a good red shirt year katoa.

SnowBuff

7/30/2008 10:15:33 AM

Katoa was a no-show for his initial hearing, according to previous Camera articles.I’m surprised he was let off after that.

ogghead@yahoo.com

7/30/2008 10:17:20 AM

John,you’d do well to better understand deferred sentencing before making this statement:

“Katoa’s guilty plea to a felony means that he probably won’t ever play for CU because Coach Dan Hawkins doesn’t allow convicted felons on the team.”

He would have to violate the deferred sentence to be considered a convicted felon.

Micah

7/30/2008 10:19:55 AM

This article warrants some clarification.

Under a deferred judgment, the plea is subject to being withdrawn and the case dismissed as if it had never happened. Any sentence on the plea is held in abeyance until a later date. The trade off is that the defendant has to complete the term of the deferred judgment and sentence, in this case three years, as well as fully comply with conditions of the deferred sentence (public service and no new law violations) before he is eligible to have the plea vacated and the case dismissed. If he follows the Court order to the letter, he can have the case dismissed at or near the end of the 3 yr period with no other ramifications.

A best case result to a very poor choice for this young man. Only Coach Hawkins can determine whether, under this unique circumstance, where the young man has effectively entered a temporary guilty plea to a felony pending dismissal if he complies with all other conditions, it warrants application of his “1 felony strike and you’re out” policy.

mam2jd@comcast.net

7/30/2008 10:28:09 AM

Sounds like a severe suspension was warranted based on a violent attack against an innocent bystander.

I second that he suits up for CU in 2009 as Micah correctly pointed out the sentence is deferred, thus not a felony conviction.Besides, none of this is news to Coach Hawkins whom would have kicked Katoa off the team long ago if he felt it was warranted.

salsajohn

7/30/2008 10:33:26 AM

Hopefully he stays out of trouble and learned his lesson.At Nebraska he would be patted on the back and given the starting job for his actions while the villified the victim for pressing charges in the first place.

Sea_Bass

7/30/2008 10:44:51 AM

It is now up to Katoa to man up and fly right for the remainder of his timehere at CU and beyond. Hopefully he will keep this experience with him and it will serve him for the better going forward.

All of these young men who have hopes of playing professionally after college need to keep an eye on what has been going on in the NFL lately. The days of running around like an idiot aren’t being tolerated any more. It will now cost you millions of $ in lower draft position (teams won’t draft “trouble” players as high anymore and risk having them being suspended for their behavior).

Katoa has the potential of being a special player and being able toreally change his life and those he holds closest to him if he can put in the hard work and keep himself out of trouble. The boy is gifted but then again everyone at the next level is gifted. What separates you is how hard you work and your character.

Good luck to you.

BuffTime

7/30/2008 11:08:16 AM

Wow. Great job of objective reporting, Aguilar. If you would have read the police report, Katoa didn’t “smash” someone in the head with a rock. He hit someone while holding a rock. There’s quite a big difference.

And nice editorial comment with “Katoa’s guilty plea to a felony means that he probably won’t ever play for CU because Coach Dan Hawkins doesn’t allow convicted felons on the team.” This is terribly written article and your bias is obvious. Shame on you.

biguy_g3@hotmail.com

7/30/2008 11:14:14 AM

Nice to get it wrapped up before camp. . .forget about it until next year, bring on this season.

www.buffsareone.blogspot.com

buffsareone

7/30/2008 11:23:20 AM

News must be running thin if the Daily Camera has to have the same article from the Colorado Daily, even if it is a poorly written article.

reality0101

7/30/2008 11:26:28 AM

They should hang him by his jock strap.

kg60sd@yahoo.com

7/30/2008 11:27:39 AM

As long as he stays out of trouble, and remains academically eligible, he’ll be on the field in 2009.

Prediction – I think the young man will turn out to be a great player, team leader, and role model.

BuffNut99

7/30/2008 11:32:31 AM

Wonder how the walk on, Duren, is doing these days?

tallisal

7/30/2008 11:42:35 AM

It would be great if the daily camera had editorial standards high enough to avoid having to constantly correct their stories because they were borderline libelous. And since when is the daily camera so pathetic that they have to piggyback off of the Colorado Daily?

choderlos1741@yahoo.com

7/30/2008 11:46:07 AM

Never mind all the whining about the Camera…

HOW DOES THIS PIECE OF SH!T WALK AWAY, WITH A

SLAP ON THE WRIST AFTER THIS?!

HE’S GARBAGE….IF I DID THIS I’D BE GETTING

BUTT-RAPED IN PRISON FOR 2 YEARS.

MisterPist

7/30/2008 11:46:30 AM

Let’s see.. Police and Court reporter should know this….Journalism 101

What is deferred judgement

“As a result of a plea agreement with the prosecution, you plead guilty to one or more charges. You are placed on probation prior to sentencing and prior to any entry of conviction”. If you successfully complete your probationary period your guilty plea is withdrawn and the case against you dismissed… The record shows that the charges against you were dismissed so your record remains clean. If you are alleged to violate the terms of the deferred judgment, a hearing will be held.

Great Job! I bet Mr Katoa’s rights don’t matter. What happened to “due diligence”in performance of a persons profession.

colopat51

7/30/2008 12:06:51 PM

You mean the three time offender Duren ?Shut up Tal

Katoa has a year to get his grades and life straightened out – if he’s serious about his future, he wont find any more trouble in the next 3 years

one concern however are the constant mentions of supervised sobriety\\alcohol testing.Is there some thing else we dont know ?

seems odd to want to test him every few days

archalon

7/30/2008 12:07:43 PM

kenneth- I know what you are implying. gather facts first. Durens’ incident wasnt the first one!

Buffnut- Love the prediction. But what the hell does he need a rock for?

Ive said it before but im sure cameron wasn’t their minding his own buisiness.

flabuff227

7/30/2008 12:07:56 PM

The Camera shares stories with the Colorado Daily. The story running right now is exactly the same on both sites and was written by a Camera reporter. A correction about the deferred judgment has been made.

-Jennifer Falor

online editor

jenfalor

7/30/2008 12:10:46 PM

Micah, mam2jd – You are correct. A correction has been added to the story about the deferred sentence.

-Jennifer Falor

online editor

jenfalor

7/30/2008 12:15:22 PM

Let’s get some new thugs to replace the old thugs asap!Go Buffs, win!

producto@msn.com

7/30/2008 12:16:07 PM

Rs where u at? Lets talk about how he should be sentenced to life.

flabuff227

7/30/2008 12:20:07 PM

Thanks Jennifer.

Micah

7/30/2008 12:30:39 PM

He’ll commit more crimes and get off for them too.

VCT

7/30/2008 12:51:01 PM

Who cares as long as the Buffs win?Winning is what matters most in life.Anyone who speaks to the contrary is a loser.

Black_Jesus

7/30/2008 1:17:01 PM

So Lynn just went to a random person’s door, kicked it in and beat a “random” guy in the head with a rock? There is no connection between this apartment and the altercation, or a maybe a party that night and a previous altercation???

Of course the Boulder police haven’t made an arrest for the event that triggered this incident….that would require some investigating and actual work. We all know how proficient they are at conducting investigations – they stick to MIP’s, noise violations, and late night fistfights.

bouldabuff

7/30/2008 1:38:03 PM

Doesn’t really matter whether he was holding a rock and hit someone with his fist; or he actually hit the person with the rock. Being hit either way by a man of his size, who’s heavily intoxicated, would carry serious consequences. It’s a fact he also hit another person in the vicinity: there were plenty of witnesses to his violence so there’s no doubt about his guilt. Shame on our court system for letting such a violent offender off with a slap on the wrist. I think it’s clear to those of us who have lived here long enough to know it’s because no one wants to harm CU’s athletic prowess. It’s disgraceful that CU continues to be unable to conduct athletics with integrity. Any use of drugs or alcohol should be prohibited across the board for any CU team member: they prove time and again that they can’t handle it.

Sunman

7/30/2008 1:59:51 PM

The usual sports groupies huff and puff for the Buffs.

hatmonger

7/30/2008 2:01:59 PM

Thanks for the correction, Jennifer.

mam2jd@comcast.net

7/30/2008 2:15:02 PM

When an assault that could lead to death results in community service, while a DUI that caused no damage of any kind results in 20 days in jail, (personal experience)there is something wrong.

Not many know this but in Colorado, you can get more probation from a DUI than a sexual asasult.

GabeMc

7/30/2008 2:25:46 PM

He is a young man.He made a mistake.He owned up to it, even though one could say he was provoked into it.Not supporting his actions, but I am supporting his go forward actions.If he is a problem he will be in jail.

vkberlin2

7/30/2008 2:30:00 PM

Hey, as a first offense he deserves a break to keep a felony off his record.I agree with it, kids get caught up in stupid things and make terrible decisions.

I hope he gets to play next season.

I remember a fella named Dusty at OU that got a second chance, worked out for everyone.

tallisal

7/30/2008 2:30:50 PM

OK kids, the lesson here is to study; get an athletic scholarship; do whatever you like and face little or no consequence.Class over.

betterboulder

7/30/2008 2:35:56 PM

“CU Coach Dan Hawkins doesn’t allow convicted felons on the team.”Wow!That’s settingunrealistically high standards, Coach.Keep that up and you’ll find yourself with nobody to coach.

grandjacques

7/30/2008 2:38:33 PM

“It’s disgraceful that CU continues to be unable to conduct athletics with integrity.”

What does a freshman getting in a fight have to do with CU’s ability to “conduct athletics” (whatever that means)?

Maybe you think Hawk should be handcuffed to every incoming freshman footballer day and night?That would be a good trick.

Side note, with all the arrests of non-athletes that have been in the paper (naked assaults, mirror throwing, etc.), perhaps CU is also unable to conduct academics with integrity.Perhaps it is you who needs to go conduct some academics . . . with yourself.

Black_Jesus

7/30/2008 2:42:37 PM

I agree with vkberlin2. The young man made a mistake (who the heck hasn’t). I made plenty of mistakes when I was young and learned a great deal about myself from them. I received a deferred sentence as well and it was the best thing that happened to me. I changed my ways as a result. If he screws up in any capacity again he WILL pay for it. I think this is the best possible solution for him. Good luck Lynn.

broheimerdinger

7/30/2008 3:20:05 PM

This young man has been the most extraordinary gift.He has the opportunity to receive a degree from the University of Colorado.He has the opporutnity to avoid PRISON (…what an awful place).As a felon he may not have been able to vote.He will also be able to play for Dan Hawkins and the an emerging Buffaloes team.

Lynn…you got this.I believe if Dan Hawkins recruited you, you must be a solid young man.Good luck moving forward and getting back onto the field.

BlackAndGold

7/30/2008 3:24:35 PM

And somewhwew there is a middle-class white kid whosucks at sports and can’t afford college, but has the potential to cure cancer…Too bad he couldn’t chase a ball and play grab-a**.

kg60sd@yahoo.com

7/30/2008 3:28:21 PM

Thanks, Dan Hawkins, for bringing yet another violent criminal into the Boulder area.

One more reason for this alumnus to NEVER contribute.

springerwannab

7/30/2008 3:36:02 PM

Yes, he did make a mistake.Unfortunately, we have lots of young men from elsewhere in town making similar mistakes, too often.

A previous Camera article discussed Katoa’s fate as well as his teammate’s, and mentioned that Katoa failed to show up for his initial hearing and could not be contacted.First offense or not, at that point he should not receive any leniency.I don’t have the article at hand, so please correct me if I’m wrong.

ogghead@yahoo.com

7/30/2008 3:44:58 PM

Oh, here it is:

http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2008/mar/21/cu-football-player-charged-felony-assault/

He skipped his initial reading of charges because he “couldn’t get a ride.”His lawyer drove over there to say so.

ogghead@yahoo.com

7/30/2008 3:50:31 PM

“Unfortunately, we have lots of young men from elsewhere in town making similar mistakes, too often.”

And it isn’t just CU Football players, something I think CU bashers forget.

If he did indeed fail to show for his initial hearing it doesn’t bode well. I’d be interested to know more about that…

broheimerdinger

7/30/2008 4:14:34 PM

Oops…posted without re-reading the comments. Don’t the buses work Lynn??

broheimerdinger

7/30/2008 4:16:16 PM

springer wanna b

Okay, so you got cut from the 3rd grade soccer team.No one ever picked you in the “pick-up games”

No reason to take it out on another kid who made a mistake.

You probably have never contributed back to CU anyway.

wannab, have a little passion please.

vkberlin2

7/30/2008 4:23:24 PM

http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2008/jul/30/cu-police-arrest-freshman-alleged-burglary-attempt/

I wish the engineering department would stop admitting these thugs.

bufffan8

7/30/2008 4:42:54 PM

I love how the ad for CU season tickets is currently running parallel to this article on the main page.

McUMass

7/30/2008 4:47:17 PM

Posted by springerwannab on July 30, 2008 at 3:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks, Dan Hawkins, for bringing yet another violent criminal into the Boulder area.

One more reason for this alumnus to NEVER contribute.

Assume you feel the same way about this one as well.

http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2008/jul/30/cu-police-arrest-freshman-alleged-burglary-attempt/

vkberlin2

7/30/2008 4:52:30 PM

The LSD tripping, naked, breast grabber is what stopped my latest donation.I wonder if he too was an Engineering major?

bufffan8

7/30/2008 4:58:06 PM

OK, smartasses, now tabulate the number of criminal incidents involving football players versus engineering students, stand, and sing the CU fight song.

hatmonger

7/30/2008 5:13:32 PM

Hatmonger.

Why? Where there is smoke there is fire.Where there are engineering students there are crooks and thieves. They run in packs, like prarie dogs.

This article proves it. So sing the CU engineering song.You know it?

There was a crooked engineer who walked a crooked mile…….You know the rest.

vkberlin2

7/30/2008 5:22:46 PM

Sorry, hat. In order to tabulate anything, they’ll have to go get an engineering student.

albanal

7/30/2008 5:23:47 PM

The CU Fight Song:

Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!

… and then fight some more!

albanal

7/30/2008 5:26:31 PM

CU football player commits a crime and gets let off the hook – total shocker…..

mehitabel

7/30/2008 5:28:30 PM

CU later…

kg60sd@yahoo.com

7/30/2008 5:28:37 PM

…Kenney was booked into Boulder County Jail on suspicion of second-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools….

Will they post his pic, or will the dean get it squashed.

Albanal That’s the wrong one. The one you quote is the high school version. But you would know that based on the fact your mommy (which you always say)only lets you out a little.

vkberlin2

7/30/2008 5:35:13 PM

I think dc should have the same policy as Hawkins, no posting if you have a felony on your record.Judging by the quality of the comments, we’d lose half the posters and the it would be the half with the stupid comments.

rungreger

7/30/2008 5:44:34 PM

The CU football player was lucky to get a 2nd chance.In Iowa, there was the case of an off-duty Chicago cop who won a fight in self-defense.Although the off-duty cop was successful in defending himself, the Iowa prosecutor had him thrown in prison.I hope the football player doesn’t take the deferred sentence for granted.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/law/09/28/chicago.cop/index.html

physicist

7/30/2008 6:19:33 PM

Was the mirror tosser an Engineering student?

bufffan8

7/30/2008 6:56:15 PM

Hat – “OK, smartasses, now tabulate the number of criminal incidents involving football players versus engineering students, stand, and sing the CU fight song.”

I would love to see a ratio of crimes committed by engineering students to those committed by athletes.Unfortunately, engineering students do not get singled out and labeled in the same way CU athletes do.Thus we will likely never know how many engineering students have committed serious crimes, but we sure as heck will know about all transgressions by CU football players.

LTB

7/30/2008 6:57:50 PM

Hat – DOH!!

http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2008/jul/30/cu-police-arrest-freshman-alleged-burglary-attempt/

LTB

7/30/2008 7:00:05 PM

multi committunt eadem diverso crimina fato: ille crusem sceleris pretium tulit, hic diadema.(juvenal, SATIRAE,XIII,105)

reallifeshocker

7/30/2008 7:13:14 PM

” DOH!!”

Could several more of you post the very same link?

You’re trying to count the same engineering student over and over. Engineering students don’t get singled out because they do not regularly get in trouble with the cops.

They are also not generally oversized guys capable of casually inflicting grievous bodily harm. Burglary, let me point out, is not in that category.

Such comedians.

hatmonger

7/30/2008 7:51:58 PM

in the above posting, it should read

“This young man has been GIVEN the most extraordinary gift”

BlackAndGold

7/30/2008 8:31:10 PM

Is it just me or has the Camera been really, really piss poor in doing its job of accurately informing the reading public? A correction of this magnitude? What the f…? Seriously. We count on you folks. Maybe we should rethink that… There is a major major major diff between felony conviction and no felony conviction.

B&G, you, however, are dead on. Mr. Katoa, the ball, so to speak, is in your court. I look forward to seeing you make your mark as a CU Buffalo.

rodrigo

7/30/2008 9:09:55 PM

Set down the J and step slowly back.Anyone that really thinks Lynn is not getting straight out of CO has lost touched with reality.Staying here would mean he would be just a jaywalk away (no pun intended) from Oz. A risk I bet he won’t take. He is a spectacular talent…too bad.

Buffalosolider

7/30/2008 9:15:40 PM

NICE NEGATIVITY FOLKS! Do any of you possess any school pride or spirit. Maybe we need a bit of southern conservatism. Katoa did something awful and is being punished by the law. If you have a problem with it take it up with the courts and prosecuters. Did anyone see how many issues Penn State has had in the past few years? They make CU’sproblems laughable. I don’t want to dismis the problems but come on be more realistic with your thoughts. Quit being so negative and find something or some team at CU to be proud of!

buff75

7/30/2008 9:38:02 PM

NICE NEGATIVITY FOLKS! Do any of you possess any school pride or spirit. Maybe we need a bit of southern conservatism. Katoa did something awful and is being punished by the law. If you have a problem with it take it up with the courts and prosecutors. Did anyone see how many issues Penn State has had in the past few years? They make CU’sproblems laughable. I don’t want to dismiss the problems but come on be more realistic with your thoughts. Quit being so negative and find something or some team at CU to be proud of!

buff75

7/30/2008 9:38:31 PM

I’m not up on my legal minutiae, but does it really matter where in the US he goes? I highly doubt his terms only apply to within the borders of Colorado…

BuffTime

7/30/2008 9:41:52 PM

Was there a little bit of college football 5 star recruit forgiveness in the sentencing or what? The double-standard at work again.

meatpieandtatters

7/30/2008 9:54:14 PM

“No reason to take it out on another kid who made a mistake.”

I don’t consider felony menacing a “mistake”. The guy pled guilty.

IMO, a mistake would be oh, let’s say, leaving your wallet at home, locking your keys in the car, something like that. Not threatening people with rocks.

VCT

7/30/2008 9:59:19 PM

VK:”wannab, have a little passion please.”

If you mean COMpassion, I reserve mine for the victim in this case.

springerwannab

7/30/2008 10:04:04 PM

How horrible that Coach Hawkins recruited a kid with no prior arrests who was able to graduate from HS early and Coach H did not know that he would drink too much during his first few weeks living on his own and overeact when his friend got tasered. His crystal ball must be broken. But its totally Coach’s fault, boo football team for giving a kid who couldn’t pay for a college education a chance. We should only allow trust fund silver spooners into CU ’cause everyone knows they never do anything wrong and deserve the chance much more.

By the way, how’s the investigation into who tasered the friend going? Oh, they were not football players so who cares?

trubuff

7/30/2008 10:34:33 PM

I did not see Paul Vigo listed on 2008 football roster; anyone know his status?

jthudge

7/30/2008 11:45:40 PM

Bufftime is correct. Katoa remains subject to the jurisdiction of the Colorado Courts for the duration of his 3 year deferred period. Even if he were to obtain Court permission to relocate out of Colorado (not unusual) ANY violation of terms of the agreement (significant new law violation, failure to meet treatment requirements, etc.) would be grounds to revoke the deferred and proceed to sentencing on the felony as he has already pleaded guilty.

It really is a great deal for him IF he can keep his nose clean. Assuming he does, at the end of the deal, the slate is wiped clean and he moves on with NO felony conviction on his record.It’s also a VERY tough deal to complete and many folks in his situation don’t make it through clean.

Time will tell. My guess, he stays here and works through it. Can’t see Hawk cutting ties and leaving the kid out in the street. Depends on the judicial affairs folks as well. They are yet to weigh in on this mess, I believe but don’t recall.

mam2jd@comcast.net

7/30/2008 11:56:09 PM

What role did alcohol play in this attack?

msw222

7/31/2008 12:38:54 AM

reallifeshocker- This is why theirs a fence going up! I hope ur relatives get deported! Gracious!

flabuff227

7/31/2008 1:41:54 AM

mam2jd is correct.To a certain extent, there is reciprocity between states as to court judgments. He can not avoid the possibility of punishment merely by leaving Colorado, and will have this deferred sentence “hanging over his head” for its duration, regardless of his geographic location.

I would love to see him stay and suit up in 2009. With Mohler and Major coming in and with Sipili and Burton likely taking up two spots on the LB corp, he might be better off practicing for a year and compete for PT in ’09.

earmuffs

7/31/2008 6:14:55 AM

This guy will be well groomed for the NFL. Good job for our legal system. We showed him how to break the law and go on and be a bigger thug!

nuggethillrd@skyxpress.net

7/31/2008 7:11:17 AM

Vigo was listed as a greyshirt, January 09 enrollment, and as a LB in the Buff Spring notes.

Katoa will stick around – any where he goes, he’ll have this over his head.He’ll clean up and his teamates will watch out for him as well.Good luck Lynn

archalon

7/31/2008 7:13:31 AM

flabuff – whoa dude, easy.I think that’s Latin not Spanish.

bouldabuff

7/31/2008 7:50:15 AM

*yawn*

broheimerdinger

7/31/2008 7:57:35 AM

If punishment for crimes is indeed to try and “rehabilitate” instead of simply punish then this sentence seems just.Putting Katoa in jail will serve no purpose other than punishment.If instead this sentence actually changes his behavior, Mr. Katoa may be a shining example of how easy it is to mess up your life.

Let’s say he goes on to have a stellar career…maybe even goes pro.If his college career takes off, I guarantee you the CUAD will have him on the road talking to Jr and Sr High students about how quickly your dreams can disappear with a bad decision.

Of course, if he messes up again, throw the book at him.

zoom

7/31/2008 8:25:33 AM

WAS HE WEARING CROCS?

MisterPist

7/31/2008 8:28:11 AM

What? They’re walling off Italy! Whoa…

😉

BuffTime

7/31/2008 8:34:35 AM

flabuff is as cultured as a trailer park resident.

must be that brillant florida education system.

biteme@bugmenot.com

7/31/2008 8:37:01 AM

Caught an ESPN special a few days ago on football player problems at Penn State.JoPa denied that there was a problem.Yesterday he kicked two of the troublemakers off the team.Every program has its share.

ruffemupbuffaloes

7/31/2008 8:47:02 AM

I’m assuming that Lynn is able to practice with the team this year, right?If so , he will come back a beast in 2009.Good luck Lynn and keep your nose clean…the Buffs need you!!

DCBuff

7/31/2008 8:53:53 AM

I’m just curious … will he be able to redshirt during this year or does he lose a year of eligibility?

glx1747@comcast.net

7/31/2008 9:14:43 AM

my fault! They should wall off italy too!

flabuff227

7/31/2008 9:33:40 AM

Katoa should be able to red-shirt. Red-shirt status (to my knowledge) has nothing to do with legal status, just eligibility. If he practices with the scout team he will give the 1st string offense something real to go against every day!

BuffTime

7/31/2008 9:52:00 AM

coffman,

Mind over matter.

vkberlin2

7/31/2008 10:52:22 AM

Wow…CU is the 3rd most hated team in the Big 12…and big red is only the 9th most hated team in the Big 12.I will say this, we will be the most hated team in the next few years once we keep on winning regularly, meanwhile NU may slip below 9 with that trainwreck they have going on in Lincoln.

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/ncfnation?tag=Hatemeter

DCBuff

7/31/2008 11:25:46 AM

I think Texas is looking to come in and repeat that 70-3 because of DS…

tallisal

7/31/2008 11:31:24 AM

Geez Tall you are a mockery of yourself.

SnowBuff

7/31/2008 11:42:07 AM

C.U.’ s new football season for2008 = The longest yard II, collage year’s !!!

whvacman

7/31/2008 11:52:33 AM

From the photo of this thug, I think he belongs at the university where he could be studied as a possible missing link in primate evolution.

f.coffman@comcast.net

7/31/2008 10:11:30 AM

vkberlin2,

From this thug’s photo and his barbaric behavior, he reminds me of one of those apes at the beginning of the movie “2001.”

f.coffman@comcast.net

7/31/2008 11:41:29 AM

f. coffman – you’re a racist pig., like a lot of Boulderites. No surprise.

warren@viawest.net

7/31/2008 11:53:41 AM

These kind of things happen in Boulder…

syntrade@earthlink.net

7/31/2008 12:15:19 PM

Uh, DCBuffoon, before cu can “keep on winning regularly” they have to win regularly. The last two seasons under Hawkins do not add up to winning at all.

O_ReallyFactor

7/31/2008 12:38:45 PM

syntrade,

Yeah, things happen in Boulder.Like censorship.That’s why my brief comments (above) were removed, even though they contained no profanity or slander.

Apparently, you and others cannot be allowed to read certain things — for your own good.Typical Boulder mentality.Read this comment quickly before it, too, disappears.

f.coffman@comcast.net

7/31/2008 12:42:33 PM

I’m surprised, Barney, you are willing to bring that up!

extrapoint

7/31/2008 12:52:31 PM

Well, they were number one as the most hated team in the big 12, 70-3 and knocking out the QB in the 4th quarter will get you that.

tallisal

7/31/2008 12:56:22 PM

mam2jd:

about your OJA question:i believe, based on earlier bc articles, that OJA already suspended katoa for spring and summer (since his incident occurred early in the semester).those articles also state that he could play this fall if he had sufficient credits – his academic eligibility clock started spring ’08 – because he had served his OJA suspension.but, due to the suspension, he completed few or no credits.

i believe this is correct.your question implies the possibilty of further action by OJA based onthe plea agreement.haven’t seen anything on that.

buffalotom

7/31/2008 1:15:22 PM

If this guy doesn’t win us the big 12 i’ll be angry

boulder321

7/31/2008 2:54:37 PM

hey taligal is texas tech and kansas on the bugeaters schedule this year????? i hear they are looking to put 70+, again, on the pinkshirts.the buffs are looking to hit 70 scoremark this season in lincoln trying to “out-do” 62 and 65 in recent seasons….how does a “so-called” elite program with 250,000 fans, 25,000 blue dip high school players at home games, gold plated weight rooms, 50 practice fields(25 indoor) and 30 million dollar a box luxury suitesgive up 77 points to a tech school???? pathetic.and even more pathetic is husker fan defending and “proping” up sooners and shorthorns against colorado… i guess when your own program has been the laughing stock and sukhole of the big 12 in 2000’s i guess its better to root for another team….go big red errrrr go sooners!!!!!! calling taligal a mockery of himself is a big understatement. he’s just a sad sad lil angry bitter neb fan still making silly “jabs” at the buffs since 62-36….get some therapy and let it go bud, at least you have the first five games to feel good this season, what’s the “over under” on the nebs versus hastings art college????

buff4life

7/31/2008 3:07:35 PM

scout.com shows that Randall Carroll is still looking at CU and most likely will come out 2 take a visit.

RalphieRepresentah4

7/31/2008 3:27:42 PM

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/big12/0-1-118/Getting-rich-as-a-Big-12-graduate.html

shoulder2shoulder

7/31/2008 9:42:28 PM

Just picked up the news-I did check out buffsareone.Pretty strong.I did save to the t’bar.I do agree with the earlier comments.Does a young man with a spot light on him stay in Boulder?I hope he does.”Many are called but few are chosen”, I think Abe quoted that after Jesus. You poli sci readers can correct me.This news is irrelevant since we are now 5 WEEKS AWAY.Can we get a both sides of the ball depth chart??I will subscribe to the paper for the next 5 years if we can get something that is not “interweb” fodder but direct from the coaches.Let’s see it before practice starts and it’s no longer a scoop.Y’all have my info.

BTW-how is the punting practice going for “he who was once nameless”? As for that-you guys that crushed me for taking big bird down for his remarks at the b12 news conf are clowns.The jury is still out until we win more than one big game in a row.OU sucks but lets see two in a row.Big bird can rub my face in it when he goes 2 for 3 against FSU/WVU and UT.We wont be favored in any of those games.We do have the advantage of the most informed and well read posters.Thanks for the great links and insite.You know who you are.See you on 9/18.

houston_buff

8/1/2008 12:46:31 AM

kenneth- Live into now! You will never see a 70 to 3 score in ur lifetime.

Dont be dumb! You know what was goin on when that happenned.

flabuff227

8/1/2008 1:24:08 AM

Best possible result. For him and CU. It would have been better if our posters had not shown that they are “out of control” by proclaiming he is “innocent until proven guilty”,”kids will be kids” and the best, football players are really victims. Saying foolish things, before justice has had a chance to work, shows only that our posters don’t think as rational people There is no reason to draw attention to these incidents by proclaiming their innocence beforehand. When it happens next time maybe our posters will let justice take its course before they look foolish by saying football players are picked on by those bad, bad hippies.

rswright@sbcglobal.net

8/1/2008 2:08:51 PM

you had me fooled rs

when you first started out with your circuitous horsepoop I didnt think you were a troll.

extrapoint

8/1/2008 2:53:55 PM

ep,

Are you getting all out of control again?

You leave the backyard such a mess when you do that.

rodrigo

8/1/2008 4:51:40 PM

If the OJA should do anything additional at this point, it would be pure and simple an act of double jeopardy for this young man.They have already committed this sin on several occasions recently and have been called out for such conductI hope they have paid attention to their own conduct and allow the courts to run this show now that they have asserted their own jurisdiction.No need for them to even be in on the act on this incident from this point forward.

BuffDonor

8/1/2008 5:56:28 PM

ditto rod

my intestines cant take it anymore

I am going to agree with rs so I can get back in control.

extrapoint

8/1/2008 6:00:30 PM

Oh thank god!!! CU can’t afford to lose a felon on the team!!!!! These are Hawks’ boyzzzzz!! CU football is such a joke. I can see why the #1 running back’s mom wanted him to go to CU to hone his gangsta skeels!!! LOL!!!

hlads

8/1/2008 6:55:48 PM

This is to show that CU fans are the most hypocritical of them all!!! They attack other schools that give players a second chance but when they get attacked about letting felons play on the team it is a whole different story!! CU is such a joke!!!!!!

hlads

8/5/2008 1:50:00 PM

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