SALT LAKE CITY. A Utah State University student was arrested and charged with terrorist threats Wednesday after police said she threatened to blow up a nuclear reactor if the school’s football team didn’t win last Saturday’s game.
The indictment, filed in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, alleges that the 21-year-old student issued threats ahead of Utah’s game against San Diego State University on Saturday, warning that she was “going to blow up a nuclear reactor located at the University of Utah, which would cause mass destruction.”
The threats were allegedly posted on YikYak, a social media platform that allows users to post anonymously and that rose to prominence on college campuses a decade ago.
According to the accusatory documents, the student studied engineering and had an idea about the university’s nuclear reactor.
The University of Utah is among more than two dozen US universities with nuclear engineering programs that use reactors for faculty and student research.
The university said in a statement Thursday that the reactor has been secured and that campus law enforcement has put in place protocols to ensure there are no breaches. Officials said the student, who was not named, admitted to placing the threats and told investigators on Wednesday it was a joke.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy for these kinds of threats,” said University of Utah Police Chief Jason Hinojosa.
The court records did not list a lawyer representing the student. A call made to her family’s listed home number went unanswered on Thursday.
Utah defeated San Diego State in Saturday’s game, 35-7.
IRVING, Texas. Texas Tech was fined $50,000 and reprimanded by the Big 12 conference for fans rushing onto the field after an overtime win over a Texas opponent, during which video showed one of them shoving a Longhorns player.
A post on the official TX Athletic Division Twitter account included a frame from the video asking for help identifying the fan and said the case had been turned over to the school’s police department.
“Texas Institute of Technology does not condone physical altercations between spectators and student-athletes. This behavior has no place at Texas Tech sporting events,” the school said in a statement.
The video shows an older Texas extreme rusher. Ovi Ogufo he was pushed from behind by one of the fans who ran onto the field on Saturday after the Red Raiders scored a late field goal to win 37–34, their first home game in the series since 2008.
“I wouldn’t call it a fan running over our player. I think the fan went and hit our player,” said the Texas coach. Steve Sarkisian said. “These are difficult situations. I love the spectacle of college football. When the fans rush around the field, it is dangerous for us as coaches on both sides. This is dangerous for the players. I give credit to Ovi. I thought he showed great poise and composure. I thought it could turn into an ugly situation.”
Sargsyan said he does not blame the fans for rushing onto the pitch to celebrate in this way, but said it would be good to find a better and safer way for everyone involved. He also acknowledged that some conferences are forced to impose significant fines to try to eliminate such situations.
The Texas Institute of Technology was fined and issued a public reprimand under the Big 12’s athletic conduct standards policy.
“We have an obligation to provide a safe gaming environment,” said the commissioner of the Big 12 conference. Brett Yorkmark said. “The Texas Institute of Technology Athletics Department has a written event management policy that, while well thought out, has failed to ensure the safety of all visiting team athletes, officials, coaches, and staff. Any action that endangers the safety of the participants in the game is not allowed.
AUBERN, Alabama. Auburn lost second center of the season with Tate Johnson scheduled surgery on the left elbow.
Avery Jernigan also worked at the center.
Johnson took over after a six-year center Nick Brahms retired from football shortly before the opening of the season after trying to come back from knee surgery.
Harsin said the defender TJ Finlay will train this week after missing a game in Missouri with a right shoulder injury. Robbie Ashford started with a 17–14 overtime win and is listed as a starter on the depth chart ahead of the game against LSU.