Tim Weiser makes Official Statement
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Ell Roberson's status for tonight's Fiesta Bowl remains in question this morning following a day of investigation on Thursday after being involved in a reported sexual assault incident.
The act reportedly took place in the early morning hours at the team Hotel, the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, but in a room not belonging to Roberson or the alleged 22-year-old victim, who is listed as a Kansas State alumna and acquaintance of the Wildcat quarterback.
The report was made at 4:30 a.m. Thursday by hotel security staff members, who called the Paradise Valley police. According to Lt. Ron Warner, a report will be submitted to the Maricopa County attorney's office to determine if there is sufficient evidence to file charges.
"No physical arrest is expected at this point," Warner said late Thursday afternoon. "No physical evidence was found in the room. There were no evident physical injuries to the victim. She was examined medically and we will await the results of that exam next week."
Roberson was not arrested, nor charges made, but he was reportedly interviewed by police from noon until 2 Thursday afternoon. Also interviewed was the accuser.
Roberson did not attend the team mid-afternoon pep rally, but is believed to have started the team's walk-through at Sun Devil Stadium, but was later was removed from the field
According to players early in the week, the team curfew for New Year's Eve was 11 a.m.
At an unofficial press conference, Kansas State athletics director Tim Weiser said, "At this point, we're allowing the legal system to go through its course. Obviously, the disappointment for us is that we're dealing with an issue that is at a time when K-State athletics has not been higher."
At the time, Weiser said not many facts were known, and he felt it unfair that Roberson's name was released. "We are dealing with partial information," Weiser said. "To identify an individual, we think, is unfair. But we respect the legal system and the decision they made."
As to whether Roberson would play, Weiser said, "That's a decision coach will make. I think at an appropriate time, information will be shared about that. But we're not to that point yet. We're still in a fact finding mode.
That's not my call. I've watched coach now for several years, and I know how he deals with situations, and I know he'll do the right thing."
But Weiser did admit, "The day before a huge game for us is not great timing. But I'm not sure there is a good timing in situations like this. And again, that's where our disappointment comes in."
Snyder made no comments on the matter at a morning press conference, or at the pep rally.
Of the 8:30 a.m. meeting with the media, Warner said, "They (KSU) were certainly aware of it."
Warner said that he had met with K-State's chief of police, Ronnie Grice, at 4:30 a.m. shortly after receiving the complaint from the hotel.
Kansas State officials declined to have an official press conference, did not issue a statement, or return phone calls. At the impromptu press conference, Weiser said, "For those of you who know coach Snyder, you know we have a great deal of trust in him and he has proven many times that he is more than capable of handling situations that come up within his football program."
When reporters tried to locate K-State officials at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, they were escorted off the premises by security members."
When the media stood outside in the parking lot, the security guards started to take the license number of the car to report it to the police.
Resort media relations coordinator Karen Murray Boston said of the hotel's actions, "It was the wish of the team at this time."
When asked if a room was available to check into the Resort, the price she gave was $404.
Entering his final Kansas State game, Roberson, who was recently polled as the greatest quarterback in Kansas State history, needs just 67 yards to become just the third player in NCAA Division I history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,000 in a single season.
Should Roberson not play, or start, that duty would go to redshirt-freshman Dylan Meier or senior Jeff Schwinn.
Schwinn is listed No. 2 on the depth chart, but during the majority of the bowl workouts, Meier has taken the second most snaps.
Schwinn played in six games, starting two, which included the loss to Marshall. He completed 54 percent of his passes with one touchdown and three interceptions. He has not played at quarterback since the Baylor game on Nov. 1
Meier played in four games as a quarterback completing 5 of 8 passes for 78 yards. He threw two interceptions and no touchdowns. He has not played since the Iowa State game on Nov. 8
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