Two CSU football players arrested in connection with 'mega party'

6:17 PM, Aug 29, 2011   |    comments
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Fairchild, speaking at his weekly Monday afternoon news conference he holds during the season, said he is gathering facts related to the arrest of James William Skelton, 21, the Rams' starting middle linebacker, and Zachary Robert Tiedgen, 21, a backup defensive lineman.

"I'm aware of the incident," Fairchild said. "I've looked into it, we are looking into it and we'll comment further when we know more."

Skelton and Tiedgen were among four arrestees identified by Fort Collins Police.

Skelton, a junior from Chatfield High School in Littleton, was cited for third-degree assault. Tiedgen, a junior from ThunderRidge High in Highlands Ranch, was cited for disorderly conduct.

Also arrested were Daniel James Rosselot, 20, who was cited for third-degree assault, and Dillon James Lawrence, 20, who was cited for interference with a police offer.

The party began at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ram's Pointe, 2250 W. Elizabeth St., in west Fort Collins about 20 minutes the Colorado State University football team had completed a closed scrimmage. Both Skelton and Tiedgen took part in the scrimmage.

Police were called about two hours after the party began, and Fort Collins Police Lt. Dave Haywood told the Coloradoan on Saturday that fire and ambulance responders were "overwhelmed with alcohol-overdose cases."

Haywood said at the time the assaults were related to a fight.

The four students cited by police may also face university sanctions.

The sanctions that may be imposed by CSU are in addition to criminal penalties the students face, said Dean of Students Jody Donovan.

Donovan said university officials are still gathering information about the Facebook-organized party that drew an estimated 2,000 to 4,000 revelers to the Ram's Pointe complex.

"There will be consequences for those who were cited," Donovan said.

Donovan said the university has worked hard to educate students about the dangers of binge and underage drinking. She said the vast majority of incoming freshmen complete an online alcohol-awareness class before they arrive on campus. And she said statistics show the majority of CSU students make responsible decisions regarding alcohol.

While CSU can educate and inform, she said, students are ultimately responsible for their own behavior.

"At the end of the day, the students have to take responsibility for their decisions," Donovan said. "Sometimes they have to learn things the hard way."

Donovan urged all CSU students who attended the party to consider whether they made the right decision in staying as it grew larger and larger. She said she was glad that for most people, the party ended peacefully and safely.

"They put themselves as risk, and we want them to reflect on that experience and learn from it," Donovan added.

Fairchild would not comment on whether the players would be disciplined.

"Again, I'll comment more when I get all the details," Fairchild said.

Fairchild said no timetable had been determined on what, if any, discipline would be handed out.

"Like I said, we'll just gather some information," Fairchild said. "When it's appropriate, we'll comment."

The Rams are scheduled to begin practice at 3:45 p.m. today on the practice fields south of Moby Arena. CSU opens the 2011 season at 4 p.m. Saturday at New Mexico.

Fort Collins police spokesman Rita Davis said no more arrests are anticipated.

Written by Kelly Lyell and Trevor Hughes of the Fort Collins Coloradoan.


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