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Arizona football: UA staffer is facing assault charges

2013-05-31T00:00:00Z 2013-05-31T07:31:15Z Arizona football: UA staffer is facing assault chargesDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 31, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A University of Arizona assistant strength and conditioning coach was recently cited for suspicion of assault in an incident involving a student manager after the Wildcats' football loss to Arizona State in November.

Frank Davis, 31, has been placed on paid leave, and his contract will not be renewed when it is up for review at the end of June.

The student was in charge of handing out meals to players and coaches after the game, according to a police report.

Davis asked the student what was in the meal boxes, and he told Davis to look for himself and the two then exchanged words, the report stated. Witnesses told police that Davis pushed the student, who then stumbled back and fell over a stack of water bottles. The student told police he was punched, the report stated.

A Pima County Sheriff's deputy who heard the commotion went to investigate. The student told the deputy he was OK and walked away, according to the report.

The student decided to follow up with the University of Arizona Police Department in late March because he was disappointed Davis hadn't been fired.

Davis was cited for misdemeanor assault on May 9. He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear in Pima County Justice Court on June 25.

Attorney Michael Storie said Thursday that Davis is "not working (at the UA) right now, and he doesn't expect to go back to work there."

"Based on talking to Frank, it's not an event that rises to a criminal act," said Storie, who hadn't seen the police report.

UA athletic director Greg Byrne said Thursday he could not comment. Byrne issued a statement Wednesday that read: "The matter with Frank Davis is a personnel issue, and we may not comment. When dealing with personnel matters, we take each situation seriously. Personnel matters are not handled solely by the Athletics Department. As required by University policies and procedures, we involve appropriate campus departments. Unfortunately, we are not allowed by law to comment on personnel issues or the status of any particular case."

Davis was hired in December 2011 to help with the UA's football and tennis programs. He played football at the University of South Florida and played 11 games for the NFL's Detroit Lions in 2006 as an offensive lineman.

Contact reporter Daniel Berk at dberk@azstarnet.com 573-4330. On Twitter @DSBerk

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