Pending the outcome of the investigation, the San Diego County District Attorney's Office may file a felony battery charge against offensive lineman Lance Louis, who was picked up by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of the NFL draft in April, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Last November, the 300-pound Louis allegedly attacked 210-pound safety Nick Sandford after Sandford poked Louis with a stick.
Sandford's father's, Paul Sandford, told the Union-Tribune that his son and another player had been hitting a wadded-up cloth ball with the stick in the locker room when Louis got in the way. Louis allegedly later caught up with Sandford while he was watching film in a team meeting room and attacked him.
Paul Sandford told the Union-Tribune the incident wasn't reported to university police until two weeks later. He said then-head coach Chuck Long told him he was concerned about losing Louis on the field and didn't want to upset Louis' chances in pro football.
Long was fired two days after the incident was reported. At the time, it was widely presumed he was fired for losing too many games.
University officials declined to comment on the incident, citing an ongoing investigation. Louis told the Union-Tribune his agent told him not to comment.
Nick Sandford, who will be a senior this year, is forbidden by team policy to talk to the news media about "team business,'' according to the Union-Tribune.