BOULDER, Colo. — The University of Colorado-Boulder (CU-Boulder) team's head football coach has rescinded the walk-on offer for a former Cherry High School player following his arrest in Pueblo on domestic violence and assault charges.

Santino Marchiol an outside linebacker, as a sophomore helped the Cherry Creek High School Bruins win the state championship in 2014.

"Santino was never enrolled as a CU-Boulder student," a spokesperson for CU-Boulder said in a statement Thursday. "He was invited to be a walk-on for the football team this fall. Coach Tucker has since rescinded that invitation."

Marchiol was arrested in Pueblo on June 24 after another driver saw him "hitting something in the back seat" near the intersection of Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Dillon Drive, an arrest affidavit from Pueblo Police says.

That witness said he could not initially see what the driver, later identified as Marchiol, was hitting, but eventually "saw a girl pop up with long hair," the affidavit says.

He called police fearing that the woman might have been kidnapped, according to the affidavit. 

The affidavit says Colorado State Patrol troopers eventually stopped Marchiol's Hummer on northbound Interstate 25 near mile marker 114.

The victim told police she had been in a relationship with Marchiol for about a year and that they were returning from a camping trip near Walsenburg, the affidavit says.

She told police Marchiol left her phone at a 7-11 store and they had to go back and it get it and that was "how they started fighting." She said he asked if she had a good time and he "just started screaming at her" and "it didn't make any sense," the affidavit says.

She told police she didn't say anything and "he just started hitting her with a chair," according to the affidavit. She explained that Marchiol was driving and she was in the back seat because there were items on the front seat, the document states.

The victim described the chair as a camping chair.

After hitting her with the chair, the victim said Marchiol "grabbed her by the hair and choked her," the affidavit says. She explained that she didn't black out but was "struggling to breathe," according to the affidavit. She said she fought back and scratched Marchiol, the affidavit says.

Marchiol told police he "grabbed a camping chair and flinched like he was going to hit her but didn't" and the victim began crying,  the affidavit says.

When asked why the victim's neck was red, Marchiol told police it was due to "them having rough sex" the night before, the affidavit says. The victim said that never happened, according to the affidavit.

Marchiol was also asked about fresh scratch marks on his back and told police "he woke up that way and didn't know how he got the marks," the affidavit says.

He was arrested on the following charges:

  • Second-degree assault/domestic violence
  • Third-degree assault

Marichiol announced on Twitter in 2016 that he planned to play college ball at Texas A & M, but later followed the team's head coach to Arizona.

In August 2018, the Associated Press reported that Marchiol has been dismissed from the team after a video surfaced of him appearing to use a racial slur to describe former teammates at Texas A&M.

Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin said at the time Marchiol was no longer with the team, but did not give a specific reason why.

The Dallas Morning News reported at the time that a video showed Marchiol using a racial slur to describe teammates while he was at Texas A&M.

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