Idaho State assistant Neal charged with murder

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Idaho State assistant football coach DaVonte' Neal was arrested by police in Pocatello, Idaho on a warrant that includes charges of first-degree murder, drive-by-shooting and discharge of a firearm at a structure, according to Pocatello Police.

Idaho State assistant Neal charged with murder

Idaho State assistant football coach DaVonte' Neal arrested, charged with first-degree murder 6:47 PM ET Kyle BonaguraESPN Staff Writer Close Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. Idaho State assistant football coach DaVonte' Neal was arrested by police in Pocatello, Idaho, at the request of the Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff's Office on a warrant that includes charges of first-degree murder, drive-by-shooting and discharge of a firearm at a structure, according to Pocatello Police. The arrest occurred May 25 and Neal remains in Bannock County Jail pending extradition to Arizona, jail records show. The alleged incident took place in 2017, according to Pocatello Police. Neal, who played college football for Arizona and Notre Dame , had not previous coached college football until being hired in January by new Bengals coach Charlie Ragle. Ragle first coached Neal at Chapparal High in Arizona, where he was the two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year (2010-2011). Ragle also coached Neal at Arizona, where he was an assistant coach from 2012-2016. In a text message to the Idaho State Journal, which first reported the arrest, Idaho State athletic director Paulie Thiros said, "I have been in constant contact with (ISU head coach Charlie Ragle) who has known DaVonte' for many years and never had any knowledge or suspicion of a possible crime of any kind. The news of DaVonte' Neal's arrest and charges in Arizona was a great shock. Going forward, we will cooperate in every way possible, safeguard our program and culture, support each other and our students, and allow the legal process to work. The news is devastating and we hope for resolution for all involved." Idaho State put Neal on administrative leave and has begun the termination process, the State Journal reported. No further details about the incident were available from Pocatello police.