Downtown Austin Crimes Possibly linked to Texas Football Players

Austin police investigating Texas athletes on robbery charges

AUSTIN (AP) _ Police say they're investigating separate cases of

assault and robbery downtown that investigators believe may have

been committed by people in the University of Texas athletic


Police won't identify the suspects, say how many are being

investigated or if they are members of the second-ranked Longhorns

football team. The Longhorns are scheduled to play top-ranked

Southern California in the Rose Bowl on January 4th.

Three Austin television stations reported that the suspects are

football players. No charges have been filed.

Athletic department spokesman Nick Voinis says school officials

are evaluating the information and can't yet comment.

Police say the incidents occurred September 4th and December

10th. A handgun was allegedly used in one of them.

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