HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 04: Running back Sam McGuffie #2 of the Rice Owls is tripped up by safety Kenny Vaccaro #16 of the Texas Longhorns at Reliant Stadium on September 4 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
[Update 1]: Here's the latest from the Daily Texan and where and how things went down:
The four had just placed an order at Roppolo's Pizza (316 E. 6th Street) a little after 1 a.m. when they were approached by a police officer, who instructed them to move along, according to a source with intimate knowledge of the situation.
"They were at the window, waiting for their pizza and being a little loud when an officer all of the sudden came by and told them to "go on." Apparently, the police had been notified of a confrontation between the players and a group of guys a little on up the street," said the source. "Anyways, one of the guys got smart with the officer and, before you know it, they were all in the back of the cop car."
If that is an accurate account of what happened, the odds of a suspension for any of the three would seem to decrease. --Wescott
[Update 2]: Kenny Vaccaro took to Twitter just before 8:00 pm CST on Monday evening to, apparently, offer his side of the story:
Everything is all good. Nothing happened.. Total misunderstanding— Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) May 8, 2012
Won't be standing in line for pizza ever again!— Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) May 8, 2012
The only kind of points the Texas Longhorn football team can put on a scoreboard until the opener against Wyoming are those added to the Fulmer Cup standings -- ignominious points, all of them. There will be some additions for Spencer Hall to make in the Longhorn column after three current football players and one recent transfer were all arrested early Sunday morning in downtown Austin.
Here's what went down, per KXAN:
According to police, officers were called out to a disturbance in the 300 block of East Sixth Street at 1:29 a.m.
The officers asked the four men to leave the establishment. But when they refused, the officers took them into custody, police said
Players Alex Okafor, Kenneth Vaccaro, Barrett Matthews and former player Eryon Barnett were charged with failure to obey a lawful order, a misdemeanor charge. Barnet was also charged with failure to identify himself. He is in Travis County jail.
Not intelligent decisions by any of them, but especially Okafor and Vaccaro, who are both supposed to be high draft picks next season and have been asked to step into larger leadership roles in their senior seasons to replace departed players like defensive tackle Kheeston Randall and linebackers Keenan Robinson and Emmanuel Acho. This is not the way to demonstrate that leadership.
Expect suspensions to come down for the three current players as soon as Mack Brown sorts this out and the guess here is that none of the three will participate in the opener against Wyoming, if the charges stand.