Sep 30, 2013 5:07 PM by Matthew Schwartz
TUCSON - Judge Susan Bacal called Frank Davis to the bench, a very different type of bench than he's used to.
Davis is a former assistant strength and conditioning coach at the UA, who mostly worked with football players. Davis himself played briefly in the NFL. He was let go by UA in June, shortly after being charged in the criminal assault of a football team student assistant.
Davis has pleaded not guilty, and countered with a defamation suit of his own against the alleged victim. Davis was in court today for a pre-trial hearing. He gave the News 4 Tucson Investigators his first interview since being charged. He and his attorney believe a settlement will most likely be reached soon.
Davis told us, "All I gotta say right now is we're working something out. I just can't wait for it (the lawsuit) to be over with. So hopefully with all this being worked out we can move forward and just live our lives and just go from there."
The alleged victim, Brandon Santa-Cruz, told the News 4 Tucson Investigators in an exclusive interview shortly after filing charges in May that he and Davis had an argument moments after UA lost to rival ASU last November. Santa-Cruz says it turned physical.
"Frank punched me in the chest and threw me over a table of water bottles," Santa-Cruz said. Santa-Cruz said he suffered a bruised sternum, and showed us a photo of an apparent burn mark on the back of his neck. Santa-Cruz also filed a civil suit against the UA and the State, seeking $250,000.
Davis, who is 6'4" and about 300 lbs., pleaded not guilty and claims that Santa-Cruz was the instigator. But it may all soon become a moot point. Davis' attorney, Mike Storie, said it is likely that a settlement will be reached soon.
Storie told the News 4 Tucson Investigators, It's going to work out the way in should, where the parties sort of reach a mutual understanding and there will be no more criminal charges."
Storie also said that if an agreement is reached in the criminal case, the civil suit Santa-Cruz filed will most likely be dropped.
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 15.
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