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Rutherford charged in incident with woman

By Wire services
Published September 6, 2003

PITTSBURGH - Rod Rutherford, quarterback for No.10 Pittsburgh, was charged Friday with kicking out a car window and assaulting a woman outside a city nightclub.

Rutherford forced his way into the car early Monday after she refused his advances, Pittsburgh police said. Rutherford got out of the car and grabbed the 19-year-old woman through a partially opened window, causing her to strike her head and face, police said Friday.

As the woman drove away, Rutherford kicked out a window, police said. Two passengers in the car were not injured, police said.

Rutherford, charged with indecent assault, simple assault and criminal mischief, disputed the woman's account, saying she threw a glass at him in the parking lot.

Calls to his attorney, James Wymard, were not returned.

Panthers coach Walt Harris said Rutherford is expected to play but won't start tonight's opener at Heinz Field against Kent State.

MIAMI (OHIO): Kicker Jared Parseghian was suspended and charged with theft for what was described as a prank. Coach Terry Hoeppner hasn't decided on the length of the suspension for Parseghian, the great grandnephew of former Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian, who began his head coaching career at Miami. The kicker is accused of taking a piece of artwork from a city park and a street sign. Oxford police charged him with two counts of theft.

MISSISSIPPI: The NCAA approved the two-game suspension of cornerback Travis Johnson, one of five former and current players who made $1,463 worth of phone calls using an access code taken from an athletic department worker. The NCAA added a game to the three-game punishment Ole Miss recommended for reserve offensive lineman Antonio Sanders when it reported the violation to the SEC in April. The other three involved are no longer with the team. All were required to make restitution for calls billed to the school.

OKLAHOMA: Senior safety Brandon Everage was arrested and ticketed for various offenses after failing to stop at a stop sign, police said. He was cited for disregarding a stop sign at about 10 a.m. and received citations for driving without a valid driver's license, transporting an open container of alcohol, not having insurance verification and driving with an expired tag, said Lt. Tom Easley, a spokesman for the Norman police.

RIVALRY RENEWED: There have been many epic matchups between Temple and Villanova in the past 23 years. All have been on the basketball court.

Not since 1980 have the schools met in football but that drought ends today for the Philadelphia schools. The game is Temple's first at Lincoln Financial Field - their new home after 27 seasons in Veterans Stadium. This is the 29th meeting since 1908.

"I think it's kind of neat that two local teams have the opportunity to open the new stadium," Villanova coach Andy Talley said. "It's fitting, rather than having a Big East team or some outside team come in, you really have two locals hopefully putting on a great show for people in the area."

[Last modified September 6, 2003, 02:01:52]


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