Nevada basketball coach Pat Foster and one his assistants said they were unaware that the team's star forward Jimmy Moore was accused of date rape while a student at a junior college in Utah.
But a prosecutor in that case on Wednesday said she found it hard to believe that assistant Jason Glover, who coached Moore at Dixie College in St. George, didn't know about the allegation.The allegation stemmed from an April 5, 1992, incident, but rape charges weren't filed because prosecutors couldn't prove it didn't involve consensual sex. Moore pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
"It would be hard for me to believe that they weren't aware of what Mr. Moore was accused of," said Mary Manley, now a deputy county attorney in Emery County, Utah. "It's a small campus. He was a star player on their team."
Moore faces misdemeanor battery charges in Reno for allegedly punching two women outside a night club early Sunday.
Moore, who was suspended from the team for two games, denies the allegations.
Glover said he knew Moore had a disorderly conduct conviction but was unaware of the rape allegation.
Moore, who transferred to Nevada from Dixie College last season, led the Big West Conference in scoring last year with a 19.2 average.
"Anytime you're dealing with an athlete you look into their backgrounds and hope you're getting good character," said UNR Coach Pat Foster.
Foster said he asked coaches at Dixie College if there were any problems in Moore's background.
Meanwhile, Moore's recent arrest here has caused embarrassment to Nevada's athletic department's marketing staff.
Moore has been featured on billboards and in newspaper and television ads to boost ticket sales to Wolf Pack home games, along with the words, "See You in Court."
Jane McVeigh of the department's marketing department said the TV campaign has been completed, and the newspaper ads have been pulled.
But she said there's not much the department can do about the 20 billboards around town.