New to the You-Couldn’t-Make-This-Up file: You might not have heard of the University of Northern Colorado, or suspected that the competition to crack the football’s team starting lineup was all that intense. Oh yeah. So much so that backup punter Mitch Cozad, a walk-on who transferred from the University of Wyoming, allegedly stabbed starter Rafeal Medozza in the leg on Monday night. That’s right, stabbed.
This is how it allegedly went down:Mendozza was parking his car outside his apartment in Evans, Colo, not far from the Greely campus, when he was attacked from behind. A few minutes later a car matching the description given police pulled up outside a liquor store. Now it gets even better: The guys got out of the car and pulled the tape they’d used to cover the license plate. (And why do most criminals get caught? They’re stupid!) The liquor store clerk spotted the guys and gave the licence plate to police who traced the car to Cozad.
Cozad was kicked off the team (duh.), out of school (duh. duh.), out of his dorm room, and was given permission to leave the state and return home with his mommy, who promised to get him to his September 22 court date. “I guess the only identified motive [in the attack on Mendoza] at this point in time is the competition for that position,” Evans police Lt. Gary Kessler said. Let’s please hope there was more to it than that.
Head coach Scott Down said Mendozza is “doing fine,” but will miss Saturday’s game at Texas State.