Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010


University of Texas wide receiver Dan Buckner, who was arrested Wednesday night in College Station on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and resisting arrest, decided to transfer on Thursday.

It was not known what school Buckner will attend.

Buckner, whose 45 catches for 442 yards and four touchdowns made him Texas' third-leading receiver this past season, made the announcement through a news release after meeting with Longhorns coach Mack Brown.

"We've talked to Dan and his family about his recent situation and they've assured us that he doesn't think he did anything wrong, and they're confident that it will be cleared up through the legal process," Brown said in a statement.

"During our discussion with Dan and his family, we all decided that the best thing for him would be to transfer to another school and get a fresh start."

This is the second time Brown had to discipline Buckner within the past month, which might be why the sophomore decided to transfer.

Buckner, 19, was visiting a friend, Julie Pipoly, at her apartment complex in College Station on Wednesday when they got into an argument around 10:45 p.m. Buckner was asked to leave, officer Jose P. Alaniz III wrote in the arrest affidavit.

When he refused to leave, Buckner was issued a criminal trespass warning by apartment management and was escorted by police to his vehicle at the rear of the complex. Once at his vehicle, Buckner refused to leave the complex and was arrested after several warnings, the affidavit said. He stiffened his body and resisted as officers tried to place him under arrest.

He was released on $8,000 bail.

Though often caught between playing receiver and tight end, Buckner was thought of as one of the Longhorns' top returning offensive threats for next season.

"We've talked about my situation and I think it is best for me to get a fresh start and transfer to another school," Buckner said in his statement. "I will miss all of my teammates, but will be keeping up with everyone and always cheering on the Longhorns."

He is the fifth Longhorn to be involved in an incident with police since June, when defensive end Sergio Kindle ran into an apartment while driving his car and texting .

Buckner is the third Longhorn to leave the team since the Big 12 Championship game.

Defensive back Marcus Davis and receiver Brandon Collins are no longer on the roster after run-ins with authorities.

Returner D.J. Monroe was charged with driving while intoxicated in November. Charges against Monroe were dropped.