UTPD Charge Nordgren, Griffin On Related Incident

Nordgren faces criminal mischief charge

University of Texas Police have charged backup QB <B>Matt Nordgren </B>with criminal mischief and starting CB <B>Cedric Griffin </B>with interfering with an emergency phone call after a student accused them of accosting him outside Jester Center dormitory last month, the <I>Austin American-Statesman</I> reported Tuesday.

Head coach Mack Brown said Tuesday evening that the accusation was probably "out of line" but that he intended to confer with Men’s Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds about the incident.

"What I do is get with DeLoss and look at the information that’s available because I have none," Brown said, "and then I’ll try to make a decision with our university on what I feel like should be done between now and Saturday, if anything."

Texas plays nationally ranked Nebraska 11 a.m. (CST) at DKR Saturday.

The report surfaced the very day RB Cedric Benson returned to practice for the first time since he was charged with criminal trespassing on Oct. 21. The charges against Griffin and Nordgren stem from an incident that occurred on Sept. 21, about four hours after Texas dismantled Rice 48-7 in Houston, according to the article.

The incident began when the two players pulled a Lexus sport utility vehicle behind Jonathan Allen's parked Volkswagen, according to the UTPD arrest warrant Allen, a 21-year-old senior, told police he was waiting for a friend when Griffin and Nordgren pulled up beside his car and told him to get out. The Statesman reports that Allen said he did not know what prompted the confrontation and that, as he began to leave, Nordgren got of his vehicle and kicked the rear of his car, causing at least $900 in damage. When Allen tried calling police, Griffin reached into the Volkswagen and knocked the phone from his hand, according to the court documents.

Arrest warrants were reportedly issued Oct. 10 -- the day before Texas’ blowout loss to Oklahoma and three days after Benson’s alleged incident -- but Brown said he did not learn of the new charges until the end of Tuesday’s practice.

"I just talked to Matt for a little bit and it sounds like absolutely nothing," Brown said. "But I’ll check into it further. I think it’s an accusation that the kid said was totally out of line. I didn’t know anything about it until two minutes ago when Bill (Little) brought it up."

Little is the Special Assistant to Football Coaches for Communications and the PA announcer at UT home football games.

A court summons for Griffin and Nordgren is expected to be served this week.

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