Winston Ross of the EUGENE REGISTER-GUARD reports today:
University of Oregon football placekicker Rob Beard was hospitalized in critical condition early Sunday morning after he took a beating on the streets of Eugene, according to police.
The 19-year-old redshirt freshman from Fullerton, Calif., was at a gathering of between 20 and 40 people at 12:31 a.m. Sunday when police got a 911 call reporting a fight.
At one point, Beard stepped in to help his friend, Mike Bradley Bowlin, 18, a fellow placekicker involved in the fight, Kletzok said. Beard wound up on the ground, getting kicked by several people until he was unconscious.
Megan Higgens of KMTR-TV in Eugene reported around 1:30pm ET today, “UO kicker Rob Beard upgraded to fair condition. Moved to the ICU.”
Police reportedly have good leads on the suspected attacker.
Police are searching for a male in a red sweatshirt who may have left the scene in a vehicle with Washington license plates, Kletzok said.
Anyone with information about the fight was asked to call 541-682-8888.
In what may or may not be an unrelated story, Ross also reports today,
A University of Oregon student has accused two of the school’s football players of stealing several items from a campus fraternity early Sunday morning, UO Athletic Department spokesman Dave Williford confirmed Sunday.
Williford said a university communications office representative contacted Eugene Police Department officials on Sunday about the accusation, but hadn’t heard back, which is why Williford said he considers the claim to be “unsubstantiated.”
“At this point, we’re just waiting to see if anything comes of it,” Williford said
Police apparently took fingerprints at the scene but have declined to publicly announce any suspects.
Higgens though reports, “Jeremiah Masoli named in Eugene theft report but police say he’s not a suspect.”
Eugene police say University of Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and another player were mentioned in a fraternity house theft report. The crime happened early Sunday morning. Masoli and teammate Garrett Embry are not considered suspects, according to police, but police do want to interview both men. A police report indicates several laptops were taken from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house at 14 th Avenue and Alder Street .
That story though now has been scrubbed from the TV station’s site.
In a profile of Masoli on Nov. 9, 2009, Adam Jude of the Register-Guard wrote:
Masoli is unwilling to discuss the details of his guilty plea for the robberies in and around San Mateo, Calif., in 2005, which resulted in his expulsion from Serra High and a stint in the juvenile detention center.
But, speaking in general terms, Masoli acknowledged the significance of his experience in the detention center.
“I definitely grew up quickly,” he said. “Once you go inside, you definitely have to grow up quickly.”
Juvenile court records are closed, but media accounts and a source close to the school confirmed that Masoli was one of several Serra football players arrested in June 2005, and subsequently expelled, for targeting individuals at San Mateo’s Hillsdale Mall and isolated bus stops in the area, muscling them for money.
A respected student and a team captain, Masoli pleaded guilty to robbery, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
Too many loose ends right now to make a judgement on any of this. Stay tuned, more updates coming.
UPDATE: I’ve been told by a Eugene and Portland media source that the frat theft and Beard beating is unrelated.
I’ve also been told that the fraternity reporting the theft is very “protective” of the football program. Take that for what it’s worth.
UPDATE (2:24p ET): KVAL-TV: “Joseph Beard of Fullerton, Calif., said his son would be undergoing facial reconstruction surgery Monday.“