May 7, 2012
Colton Paulhus of Granite Bay one of three Colorado State football players expelled for role in fight

Colton Paulhus of Granite Bay High School and American River College is one of three Colorado State football players who has been expelled and stripped of a scholarship.

The expulsions are the result of an investigation from an April 6 off-campus fight.

Witnesses told media outlets that Paulhus and two Colorado State teammates jumped out of a vehicle and severely beat Colorado State freshman Donny Gocha. The three ex-players and Gocha were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Witnesses told media and local police that taunts between Gocha and the athletes triggered the fight.

On Friday night, Colorado State athletic director Jack Graham sent an email to Colorado State students, faculty and staff to confirm that the three football players had been expelled, effective today.

Wrote Graham, "As AD, I want to make it absolutely clear that we have zero tolerance for this kind of behavior by our student athletes. Our football coaches led by Coach McElwain cooperated fully with the police investigation and we acted immediately to suspend the players from the team indefinitely--a suspension that is now permanent.

"The Department of Athletics is fully supportive of the University's processes for addressing this type of incident, and while the results of such processes are typically not public, there is an exception when the allegations concern violence, including assault offenses. For that reason, I am able to report now that players Mike Orakpo, Nordly Capi, and Colton Paulhus have been expelled from Colorado State, effective Monday, May 7. Virtually every student-athlete and coach is horrified, angry and embarrassed by the actions of these few. You have my word our athletes will continue to be held accountable to represent our university in ways that always make us proud."

Graham wrote that the players do have an appeal process to pursue if they so desire. Paulhus could not be reached for comment by The Bee.

Colorado media reported that four freshmen Colorado State students were walking home from a late-night party when an SUV that included Paulhus, Capi and Orakpo pulled up. Words were exchanged. The SUV pulled away, then slammed on the brakes, reports said, and the three ex-players jumped out and piled on Gocha. Media reported that the SUV belonged to Paulhus.

"You could tell they were looking for a fight," one of the Colorado State students, John Haley, told the Fort Collins Coloradoan. "They just started beating the back of Donny's head in. I covered his head with my body. We were all scared for his life. It froze me. You can't really put into words how disturbing it was."

The Coloradoan also reported that the three ex-players "repeatedly lied to police about their involvement in the fight until investigators confronted them with evidence, including text messages, bloody clothing and eyewitness statements from teammates, according to Fort Collins police."

The Coloradoan reported that police obtained a search warrant to search the homes of the ex players. In Paulhus' home, police reportedly found marijuana and other drugs.
- By Joe Davidson
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