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Date Posted: 10:47:44 12/01/05 Thu
Author: J.J.
Subject: CCSU football players arrested

Just an ugly and disappointing report - especially after what just happened recently in Storrs. In this case I hope the coaches and the university does the right thing and does not let these kids play football at CCSU. Its a shame and yes kids can make mistakes, but this is a serious crime and the university penalty must be 1) do not allow them to live on campus ever and 2) do not allow them to re-join the football for at least 2 full seasons. If the kids want to stay in school, go to class and get a degree, then good for them. This mistake should not prevent them from earning an education, but this is not the student we want representing the university on the field. Let's hope were are better than UCONN, at least when it comes to ethics.


NEW BRITAIN -- Central Connecticut State University police have arrested three students -- all members of the football team -- in connection with a series of burglaries. Additional charges against the three are expected, police said.

CCSU football coach Tom Masella did not return a call asking for comment.

Campus police earlier had issued an advisory concerning burglaries and thefts of electronic equipment from the dormitory rooms of students.

On Monday they charged three students. Chris A. Basile was charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and second-degree criminal trespass. He gave his address as 808 Park Place, Apt. 4A, Brooklyn, N.Y.

James A. Colewas charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and criminal trespass. His address was given as 4519 Sylvan Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa.

Rafiel J. Nyakakowas charged with second-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and criminal trespass. His home address is 22 Hopper St., Paterson, N.J.

Warrants were served on Monday. Since then all three students have been held at the Hartford Correction Center.

Police said Wednesday nearly all the stolen equipment has been recovered.

Acting on student complaints, campus police initiated a month-long investigation.

The three students were arrested in connection with recent thefts of laptop computers and other electronic equipment occurring in Vance Hall.

In accordance with university policy, the vice president for student affairs has referred the matter to the university judicial office.

Under the university’s student code of conduct and Statement of Judicial Procedures, disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student who has been charged with violation of a law.

These proceedings may be carried out prior to or simultaneously with criminal proceedings. Discipline that may be imposed includesexpulsion or suspension from classes, campus residency and extracurricular activities.

Nyakako plays linebacker; Basile and Cole are red-shirted freshmen.

A "red-shirted freshman" is a college football player who skips a year of play without losing ayear of eligibility.

A player will often redshirt because of an injury, an academic problem or because the coaching staff wants to prepare him for collegiate competition.

Scott Whipple can be reached at swhipple@newbritainherald.com or by calling (860)225-4601, Ext. 224.

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