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Y. GRADUATE ASSISTANT FACES DRUG CHARGES

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Kirk Pendleton, a former BYU football player who served as a graduate assistant coach for the Cougars this season, has been charged with two counts of arranging to distribute cocaine.

Pendleton, who has subsequently been relieved of his coaching duties at BYU, was officially charged earlier this week. According to Utah County Attorney Steve Killpack, the charges stem from incidents alleged to have occurred Nov. 2 and Nov. 6.Pendleton has been released on his own recognizance, pending his first appearance in Provo 4th Circuit Court some time in the next 10 days.

Killpack said the arrest was the result of an undercover investigation by BYU police in co-operation with the Provo Police Department.

The charges against Pendleton are second-degree felonies, punishable by up to 1 to 15 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. According to Killpack, Pendleton was arrested en route to Salt Lake City with undercover officers.

"There has been some speculation about whether or not BYU football players are involved," said Killpack. "To my knowledge there are no facts to support that speculation . . . The investigation is ongoing by both BYU and Provo police."

According to BYU spokesman Paul Richards, Pendleton was suspended from the university Nov. 28 for violation of university standards.

Pendleton was unavailable for comment.

Pendleton was a wide receiver at BYU from 1980 to 1983, catching 76 passes for 1,151 yards and 13 touchdowns. He helped coach BYU receivers this season.