"Smeared" Rucker decides to transfer

Frostee Rucker, the CSU freshman linebacker who pled guilty to a reduced charge of third degree harassment on Monday, has elected to transfer – most likely to Oregon State – according to a story in Tuesday's <I>Fort Collins Coloradoan</I>.

Rucker was given a one-year deferred sentence, and very likely would have been brought back to the Rams football squad for the upcoming fall season. Instead, his lawyer, Erik Fischer, told the Coloradoan that his client was the victim of a rush to judgment.

"Unfortunately, Mr. Rucker has made the decision that he's going to transfer based on the general feeling that his reputation has been smeared," Fischer to the paper. "I think Mr. Rucker is extremely upset that the CSU police department rushed to judgment."

Fischer said he believes the charges were based on false information and that the plea, to what amounts to phone harassment, was a good agreement.

Deputy District Attorney Mary Jo Berenato said she felt the case could have been taken to trial. The plea agreement was made, in part, because the victim wanted to move on with her life, she said.

The victim did not recant her account of the event that led to the charges, Berenato said.

"After we considered all our objectives and the desires of the victim, we felt it was an appropriate disposition, Berenato told the paper.

A disappointed Rams Head Football Coach Sonny Lubick was quoted by the Coloradoan as saying, "I'm disappointed with the outcome, and I'm not sure things were as fair as they could have been. But I think it's best for him to transfer. I think he's got a good future. He had three offers from Pac-10 schools. I wish him all the best. I hope things work out for him."

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