Mother of stabbed punter: He's doing the best he can to handle it Print
Written by Admin   
Thursday, 17 May 2007 12:49
NCAAF Headline News

 GREELEY, Colo. (AP) -Florence Mendoza squirmed in a fourth-row bench Thursday as lawyers discussed the case against the former Northern Colorado backup punter accused of trying to kill her son.
``I don't think anybody would like to sit and hear what went on the night that their son was hurt,'' Mendoza said after a motions hearing for Mitch Cozad, charged with attempted first-degree murder in a knife attack on her son Rafael, the starting punter.
``It's hard (being here),'' she said.
Rafael Mendoza was attacked on Sept. 11 in a dimly lit parking lot outside his apartment in Evans, a small town adjacent to Greeley. He suffered a 3- to 5-inch-deep wound in his kicking leg.
Cozad, of Wheatland, Wyo., has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $500,000 bail. If found guilty of attempted murder, he could face up to 48 years in prison.
Police have said they believe Cozad stabbed Mendoza to try to get the starting job, and the case drew quick comparisons to the assault by Tonya Harding's hit man on Nancy Kerrigan.
Cozad's case is scheduled to go to trial July 30. A pretrial readiness conference was moved up to July 2, the last day the judge will accept a plea agreement.
Asked whether talks were under way about a plea deal, defense lawyer Joseph Gavaldon said only that ``they're always ongoing.'' District attorney spokeswoman Jennifer Finch declined to comment.
Florence Mendoza said she doesn't know how she'd feel about a plea deal.
``I think that would be up to my son,'' she said.
Prosecutor Michele Meyer called four witnesses: two Evans police officers; a university police officer; and Nathan Cole, the university's coordinator for student rights and responsibilities.
Cole testified about bringing an eviction notice and a no-trespass letter to Cozad's dorm room on Sept. 12. Cozad, who was suspended from the university and kicked off the team, had an hour to vacate his dorm room.
While Cozad waited in Cole's office for his mother to pick him up, Evans police arrived, handcuffed Cozad and took him away, Cole said.
After nearly two hours of testimony Thursday, Florence Mendoza walked outside and leaned against a concrete wall in the bright sun.
She said her son still can't put the attack behind him.
``Too soon,'' she said. ``I think he's doing the best he can to handle it.''
Rafael Mendoza returned to the team just two weeks after the attack and averaged 39.9 yards on 56 punts last season. He hopes to punt for the Bears again next fall, his mother said.
``You've got to try out, same as every year,'' she said.

NCAAFB Team Pages

Top NCAAFB Public Bets

#1 389 Baylor 87%
#2 399 Michigan State 86%
#3 419 Mississippi St 86%
#4 338 UCLA 86%
#5 353 Tennessee 84%
#6 370 Appalachian St 84%
#7 412 Fresno State 84%
#8 373 Texas State 82%
#9 331 Houston 82%
#10 371 Cincinnati 81%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NCAAFB Futures

TCU 9/1
UCLA 33/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.