Texas Tech football player Darrin Moore has agreed to enter a pretrial diversion program, Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney Matt Powell said Wednesday, as a consequence of his DWI arrest four months ago.
Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said after Wednesday’s practice he still hasn’t decided whether to let the senior wide receiver play in Saturday’s season opener.
Powell said the pretrial diversion agreement requires Moore to attend a victim-impact panel, write letters of apology to any law enforcement officer involved, make a $500 donation to the Lubbock Boys & Girls Clubs, perform 40 hours of community service at a nonprofit organization and make 10 appearances at elementary and secondary schools talking to students about the dangers of alcohol abuse.
“We always reserve the right to go forward if he messes up on any of that,” Powell said.
Powell said the terms are in line with similar cases and his office offers such agreements “quite often.”
“What I always say is if somebody plays football for Tech they shouldn’t be treated differently,” Powell said. “They shouldn’t be treated better because they’re a football player, but they shouldn’t be treated worse because they’re a football player either.”
Moore has one year to complete the requirements. If he completes the terms and conditions, the case can be dropped, but the arrest and charge will remain on his record, Powell said.
Powell said the agreement was reached a couple of weeks ago, but he did not know if it had been signed yet, putting it into effect.
Moore, a flanker, was Tech’s second-leading receiver a year ago with 47 catches for 571 yards and eight touchdowns. His numbers likely would have been substantially higher if not for knee and ankle injuries that bothered him for two-thirds of the season.
Moore was arrested April 13 on a DWI charge in the 2300 block of Buddy Holly Avenue. The incident took place three weeks after the Red Raiders finished spring practice. Moore has taken part in preseason workouts from the beginning and was in uniform Wednesday when the team left the field at Jones AT&T Stadium.
When Tuberville was asked afterward if he’s considering a suspension of one or more games for Moore, he said, “Oh yeah, there’s a lot of things I’m thinking about. ... I told him we’d make a decision after we went through camp and practices, and I wanted him to act like he’s got to earn his way onto the team, which he does.
“So I’ll sit down with his coach tomorrow and (offensive coordinator Neal) coach Brown. We’ll talk about the situation, what he did and what it merits in terms of what else he’s got to do from his punishment off the field.”
Tuberville said it’s been understood with Moore all along the decision would be made after the last practice before the season opener. The Red Raiders host Northwestern State at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Tech has two other options at flanker — junior-college transfer Javon Bell and sophomore Bradley Marquez — with whom coaches were pleased in preseason practice.
Bell caught 27 touchdown passes the last two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and Marquez caught 25 passes for 240 yards and a TD his freshman year.
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