Friday’s college football roundup: Former EMU football star faces rape charges

Associated Press

Oklahoma City — An Oklahoma City police officer who was a star football player at Eastern Michigan is accused of sexually assaulting at least six women during traffic stops and investigators are looking into whether there are more victims.

Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, was arrested Thursday on complaints including rape, sexual battery and indecent exposure. Formal charges could be filed against him by Aug. 29, District Attorney David Prater said.

Police Chief Bill Citty said at a news conference Thursday all of the victims were black women between the ages of 34 and 58. The chief said Holtzclaw would stop the women while he was working, force them to expose themselves, fondle them and in at least one instance had intercourse with a woman.

The investigation began after a woman complained to police June 18, the chief said. Holtzclaw was placed on leave that day.

“We started the investigation and we started looking at traffic stops he had made throughout the previous months to try to identify and initiate contact with females that we knew he had stopped during that period of time … to see if they had been sexually assaulted,” Citty said.

In a feature story last year, the Enid (Okla.) News & Eagle said Holtzclaw’s father was a lieutenant in that city’s police department.

Oklahoma City police released a photo of Holtzclaw with the hope that any other victims would recognize him and step forward.

Investigators said they anticipate receiving a statement from a seventh woman.

Records indicate Holtzclaw was being held at the Oklahoma County Jail in lieu of $5 million bond. The records don’t list an attorney, and jail staff said they could not provide attorney information.

Holtzclaw was an all-state football player in his senior year at Enid, leading the team with 123 tackles. He started four years at linebacker for Eastern and holds the school record for games started (47). He is second in career tackles (437). Holtzclaw tried out for the Lions after he wasn’s selected in the NFL draft but was cut.

His former high school football coach, Tom Cobble, said the allegations were “absolutely a shock.”

Hall of Fame opens

The new College Football Hall of Fame opens today in downtown Atlanta, not far from the Georgia Dome, adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park and other attractions.

It features an interactive experience that begins when the guest registers for a smart pass, selects a favorite school and then sees that school’s helmet illuminated.

Computer chips in the ticket allow the guest to be recognized by name at every interactive exhibit.

Displays are tailored to the fan’s favorite school, though it’s always possible to explore other schools.