Ell Roberson - Update
Roberson Pursues Diploma
Former Kansas State quarterback Ell Roberson, stripped of his scholarship following an incident prior to the Fiesta Bowl, is taking a class via the Internet and plans to be on campus in Manhattan for the final eight weeks of the semester.
Roberson, interviewed by The Kansas City Star at the NFL's scouting combine in Indianapolis, said he has no ill will toward Kansas State coach Bill Snyder and his disciplinary action.
"I don't fault him for it," Roberson said. "It was the best way for it to be taken care of, and that's how he took care of it."
A 22-year-old woman told police Roberson sexually assaulted her at the team's suburban Phoenix hotel the night before the bowl game. Roberson acknowledged having sex with the woman but said it was consensual; he was not charged with any offense.
Roberson played in the game, which Kansas State lost to Ohio State 35-28, but Snyder later announced he would not get a Fiesta Bowl ring and stripped him of his scholarship for the spring semester.
Roberson was at the scouting combine only as a spectator following recent surgery for a torn right rotator cuff. He said he was more concerned about how the surgery would affect his status for the NFL draft than the Fiesta Bowl controversy.
"What happened, happened, and I've moved on from it," he said. "I'm not dwelling on the past."
Roberson underwent surgery in early February and faces at least a month of rehabilitation, so he does not know if he'll get a chance to work out for any pro teams.
"At least if I get a chance after it gets healed up, I should be all right," he said. "I'm expecting to be a late-round pick or if not, free agency."
Roberson said he played in pain against Ohio State, and suspects the shoulder injury happened during late-season wins against Nebraska or Missouri.
"I didn't know it was as bad as it was," he said. "I had a little bit of a layoff after the season, so I didn't throw, but when I came back, I couldn't throw."
Roberson said he is taking a Kansas State geology class via the Internet, and plans to be on campus for the final eight weeks of the semester to finish his remaining six hours of class work. He said his "loving family" and a Pell Grant are covering his school costs.
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