UA Student Could Get 1 1/2 Years In Jail For Streaking During Football Game

(CBS) — Jace Lankow, an undergraduate at the University of Arizona could face up to one and half years in jail after being charged with a class six felony for criminal impersonation.

Lankow dressed up as a referee and ran onto the field at Arizona Stadium on Thursday night during a football game featuring the Wildcats and UCLA Bruins.

While he was streaking, a brawl ensued between the two Pac-12 South schools, resulting in 10 players being suspended by the conference.

“The Conference is extremely disappointed in the actions of the student-athletes involved in this incident,” Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. “It is unacceptable behavior and violated Conference rules, as well as NCAA fighting rules.

“I have taken these actions today because it is imperative that we hold our student-athletes and coaches to the highest standards of sportsmanship.”

Bruins wide receiver Taylor Embree and Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson were penalized by game officials for unsportsmanlike conduct and ejected from the contest for fighting with 4 seconds left in the first half. They both will have to sit out an additional game.

UCLA defensive tackle Cassius Marsh was given a two-game ban while receivers Randall Carroll, Shaq Evans, and Ricky Marvray each received a game. Guard Alberto Cid will have to sit for a half.

Arizona nickleback Jourdan Grandon will miss a game while cornerback Lyle Brown and safety Mark Watley each will sit a half.

The suspensions will occur during each school’s next scheduled game. UCLA plays Saturday, Oct. 29 against California, while Arizona’s next game is at Washington that day.

  • FN CEE

    Really stupid … it was the only interesting part of the whole game …

    • juanita valdez

      It is stupid. But flippity flappity is not a felony. Impersonating a referee is a felony? Please.

      • Herman Vogel

        Exposing himself to minors,,,and there were kids in the statium,,,IS a Felony…he could face up to 5 years and be put on a Sex Offender’s list. As it is he may never be able to be bonded as a businessman so there goes his career….GOOD, This was stupid and he got what he asked for,,,noteriety.

      • Mike R.

        Someone commented about him being a sex offender because there were minors in the stadium. What??? So do you also think they should close the stadium down as well? Why you ask, because there is alcohol in the stadium and there were minors there and everyone knows that minors arent allowed in Bars, so therefore the stadium should have been closed because it was serving alcohol around minors…You do gooders need to wake up, these so called minors see more violence and sex on tv, than they could ever be affected by a streaker on the field. And if you are one that thinks, not my child, I limit what they see, well Im here to tell you, that your kid is going to be the one later in life that is the target for the bullies because of their sheltered lives, or they will be the ones going to juveinille because they learned to go behind your back and hide things because you are too prudish in your thinking…. This guy is not a sex offender, he’s a college kid that did something stupid, should this event ruin the rest of his life, HELL NO.

      • CAJones

        MILE R — alcohol is prohibited in Arizona Stadium. Probably so some people won’t act on stupid ideas.

      • Mike

        Herman Vogel is an idiot. Please, you are such a ridiculous prude. Exposing himself? He had tighties on. You’re happy this kid’s career could be over? Pretty pathetic on your part.

      • icecream

        Vogel must be some wannabe attorney…and he can’t spell notoriety !

    • Adolfo

      Herman Vogel correct me if I am wrong but all he did was take his shorts off he was wearing underwear… In addition, would one be saying the same if it was a female? Im guessing you dont let your little ones watch TV…bunch of felonies airing day in and day out if we use your way of thinking… Not saying what the moron did was right but take a chill pill… its not as bad as you make it seem.

  • Ed

    I’ll bet he won’t streak in the jail.

    • prosecute NCAA criminally

      We should abolish the NCAA. It should be declared an illegal monopoly and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. NCAA has too much power and they don’t use it properly. Plus, they lean left-wing on political issues. NCAA, you suck!!!

    • Hal McCombs

      Bet he will. He just won’t be the one to initiate it.

      • Jacob R

        I want all you guys to get raped for petty crimes you committed to! Maybe unemployment won’t sting so much if you spew out a little more of that bitter hate that’s bubbling up with the cheetos and soda!

      • Scudbuster

        The dope better have soap on a rope.

      • Mike

        Totally agree jacob. People on here are awful with their vitriolic, petty nonsense.

    • Todd

      Terribly written story. I am tired of reading the horrible reporting and all of the poorly written stories.

      • Jack Schidt

        I agree. They need to learn to write good. The horribleness of the writing was real terrible.

      • Lee Yarbrough

        Then why do you read them?

      • the dude

        The author studied at the “Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too”.

      • Krusaderrabbit

        I dont’ know Jack.

    • ComSenseWiz

      I’d like to thank the streaker for arousing the idiot Bruins who will be riding the pine while my Cal administers another beating next Saturday.

      • cmk

        And Cal STILL wont win!

  • Marcus

    A streaking student gets a year-and-a-half in jail and an illegal alien gets welfare, an education, and a safe haven. Welcome to Losa Angeles in 2011.


    • Counter Mypoint

      Well said

    • Bob

      Amen again! This is outrageous. The guy give some life to a boring day, and goes to jail, while criminals cross our border and get jobs, helath care, college tuition, and a handshake from our President.

      • to the full extent of the law

        He should go on the sex offender list. There were kids watching that game.

      • Fred

        to the full,

        pretty stupid and sick to want to ruin this kid’s life for streaking. I would love to have a look at your private life and see what you’re hiding. Your kids will be fine, your parenting notwithstanding.

      • raffaro

        When we were streaking in Arizona back in the 70’s it was all for fun!

        I say give the guy a break. if your going to prosecute any body it should be the brawlers.

      • Adolfo

        What in the kahoots does this have to do with immigration? really moron?

    • Lilly

      Duffus Marcus, the article said he “COULD” get 1 1/2 yrs. in Jail not that he did..

      Read it again. Hope you are not a U of A student.

    • Jojo

      Amen brother…

    • joeybiten

      such is life under barrak h. obuma

    • richard

      fabulous analogy……bravo and how sick our legal system

    • me

      you hit the nail on the head
      great insight

    • boycat

      This happened in Tucson.

    • Adolfo

      your a moron… bottom line

    • icecream

      Yeah, who’s the real criminal ? The streaker or the illegal aliens and the political vote wh0res that support them.

  • South Armagh No Surrender

    This felony classification is getting out of hand. I predict peaceful protest on public land will become a felony soon enough as will possession of a recording device with intent to film police or public ‘official’ operations.

    • Reverend Richard

      Ditto, I’m in LE and I don’t see this “criminal impersonation” charge making it to first base in a court.

      Jace Lankow, an undergraduate at the University of Arizona could face up to one and half years in jail after being charged with a class six felony for criminal impersonation.

      It’s disorderly conduct, possibly a non-felony trespassing charge.

      • Counter Mypoint

        perhaps impersonating a male

  • Wilbur Post

    Given the performance of the Bruins, Rick Neuheisel deserves to be suspended for the rest of the year.

  • Fanny Forbes Franklen

    “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”
    — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn —

    • JoeDrager

      I really don’t think Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn cared that much about streakers; besides, Leningrad is a little cool for streaking.

    • Kayhla K.

      There are so few left like you who understand. Thank you for your post. Compared to the others commenting on this site, you stand as a giant amongst men. They may deserve what is coming, but there are some of us who do not. God bless.

    • Allan

      Solzhenitsyn said it best in your quote: “… we had no awareness …” In this country, we have a populace that has had it pounded in to their heads that “it’s the law”, so therefore, it’s OK. It’s “good”. But just like boiling a frog, as long as it isn’t too hot in the beginning, he doesn’t notice when it’s too late. All you have to do is visit Auschwitz to see where this sort of thinking leads. Been there, done that. Most of the generation that lived through Nazi-occupied Europe is nearly gone now. I feel fortunate to have heard some first-hand accounts of that ear in Holland from those who lived it. Even Miep Gies who took care of Anne Frank & family told me about it. We in America cannot see the creeping erosion of rights and freedoms since they’ve been gradually replaced with privileges. We are little more than the serfs of feudal England, living at the behest of the Lord of the Manor upon land that we no longer own. The issue of streaking or not to do so is over-shadowed by the greater issues of free or no longer free. And what are we, as a people, going to do about it. Thanks for your post.

    • Rex

      Welcome to the United Police States of Amerika.

    • Krusaderrabbit

      Great post. We are in the process of being conditioned to cower.

  • Ken Pittman

    Occupy PAC 10?

  • TexasPride

    So a streaker gets 1 1/2 years in year, but 10 people assault each other and they have to sit out a game???

    • Outlaw soccer now

      Yeah, let’s prosecute all football players for assault because they crash into each other. And a consent or assumption of the risk defense should not be allowed. My favorite part – soon they will go after soccer players for kicking that ball at each other and we can be done with that cancer on society for ever. OUTLAW soccer NOW!!!!!!

    • englanddg

      My thoughts exactly.

      Harmless prank = felony
      Assault = time out

      How messed up.

      • CC Coleman

        The Prosecutor is on CRACK!

    • Jimbo Limbo


    • boycat

      It’s almost as if they’re blaming the brawl on the streaker.

    • truther

      at least he didn’t have a joint, he would have 15 years ahead of him… dumb laws for a dumb population that lets it happen… if you dont stand for something, you will fall for anything.

  • KaraTheAwesome

    And we wonder why our jails are overcrowded…

    • Jack Thompson

      The jails are overcrowded because the jails have become a business. The companies that are contracted to manage these jails and the prison workers union (not prisoners but workers in the prisons) where the biggest supporters of the 3 strikes bill which became law. These groups didn’t care about deterring crime what they wanted and got were more prisoners. Example: A criminal comments felony theft 3 times that add up to very little in actually financial damage but we get to pay for him for a life sentence at around $40,000 a year in cost. The 3 strikes law does nothing but create more customers (prisoners) and make these management companies more money but that’s starting to end because we are going broke.

      • Put'em away forever

        Great, I see you watched that cable TV special on private prisons. Too bad you don’t have the intelligence to take that “special report” with a grain of salt. We have overcrowded jails because people refuse to obey the law. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. The three strikes law is delayed justice – it should be a one strike law.

    • Counter Mypoint

      And yet Lindsay Lohan escapes serving time again.

  • jp

    “…up to one and half years in jail after being charged with a class six felony for criminal impersonation.”

    With Halloween just days away, we may face severe overcrowding in our jails as pre-schoolers and tiny-tots throughout the country don costumes impersonating unicorns, angels and bunny rabbits. Best charge them and lock them up now before they turn to a life of crime.

    • Daniel

      This is what the Statute says …
      1. Assuming a false identity with the intent to defraud another; or
      2. Pretending to be a representative of some person or organization with the intent to defraud; or
      3. Pretending to be, or assuming a false identity of, an employee or a representative of some person or organization with the intent to induce another person to provide or allow access to property. This paragraph does not apply to peace officers in the performance of their duties.

      I think they could stretch and get him on section 3, because he may have been trying to get further out onto the field by wearing the referee uniform. Halloween costumes would not fall under this unless someone met the intent requirements. Interesting to see how this plays out.

      • LastWord

        Sounds like the whole statute violates the first amendment on every level.

      • Jack - The Booted Thug

        Typical Cop response.

        Find the Felony, any Felony, to create as much drama as possible. Besides, it’s much more fun at the station house, the smarmy Dr. gets to do an anal probe.

      • rick in cali

        LastWord. So how is fraud and trespassing constitutional?
        Jack, sounds like you got a ticket for skateboarding.

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  • zorki1c

    One of the players should have hit the guy hard enough to keep him in the hospital for a couple of months. Then he probably wouldn’t be so much “look at me! Look at me!”

    • Smart Justice

      I’d support public flogging of the guy. 100 lashes. That would be real justice in this case. No need to waste money on putting him in jail.

  • JoeDrager

    All of this happened because of a streaker?

  • dam

    A travesty of the penile system!

    • Ethan

      Nice one!

    • Mike

      Ha ha you said penile.

  • Joe

    The headline says:
    UA Student Could Get 1 1/2 Years In Jail For Streaking During Football Game
    and the article says:
    charged with a class six felony for criminal impersonation
    which one is it?

    • Republicrat

      It’s not an either/or situation. He impersonated a referee before he stripped down and ran across the field. Both statements are accurate.

      Whether or not the charge will hold up is another story.

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  • Joe in Texas

    Did he streak or impersonate a referee? I thought streaking was going naked. The story says nothing about that. A year and a half seems kinda stiff for doing what he did. Makes you want to stay away…

    • Al Dente

      Hmm, was the student kinda stiff as he streaked?

  • Auric Maston

    Not his fault several student athletes decided to use the opportunity to chimp out and assault one another.

  • Reasonable

    When is this dumb a** state going to leave the Union? Are they waiting for the big earthquake to make them an island?
    Liberals don’t feel that they are responsible for themselves, why do they think that one person should be responsible for a bunch of football animals?

  • JohnRalph

    How dare he disrupt a religious service, it’s blasphemous. The fans have a right to worship the American football God undisturbed by some heathen

    • wildbill6996

      They’ll get your ROMEO & ROMEO BALLET next !!!!!!!!!!!!

      • JohnRalph

        Pro football players are 80% black, why do hillbillies like u worship it so? I think it’s because secretly the white fans both male and female wish they could have sex with the big black linemen…right?

      • thesiege

        JohnRalph, you’re a loon. Get over yourself.

  • Morrie

    Impersonating a referee? A REFEREE? FELONY?

    • LastWord

      mmmmm, got a love some good ol’ American fascism.

      • CC Coleman

        Free speech is dead. Good thing the Dept of Homeland Security or B-ATFE wasn’t there – they would have shot him on sight. Facist Police State? Absolutely!

    • truther

      the funny thing is i called the cops about 5 years ago after someone tried to pull me over impersonating a cop. had a custom tag, gave it to the “cops” they advised me that i needed a real tag not the custom tag number. i explained what happened and that this guy could pull over your wife next and rape then kill her. NOTHING HAPPENED…. the cops kinda laughed and left. cops are worthless. buy guns lots of them cops are stupid and dont care. protect yourself as no one else will.

  • John Potts

    Tell me we don’ statett live in a police state.

  • Rick

    For the benefit of those who didn’t attend the game (and therefore don’t need to read a news story), who did the players fight with – each other? And, why? Did it have anything to do with the streaker? What exactly is the point of this story? The author simply wants to report that Arizona has it’s share of lunatics and thugs? Well, I should have known better than to waste my time reading a CBS story.

    • Ethan


  • Dean

    This article is pretty thin. You have to watch the video to see the guy ends up naked–the article mentions he’s “streaking” dressed up as a ref. Then it’s implied his prank causes a fight where 10 players are suspended?

  • Jack Thompson

    It’s obvious this student is a terrorist and needs to be sent to guantanamo. He should be stripped of his citizenship and waterboarded until he gives up the names of his terrorist streaking cell. Homeland Insecurity has just giving out bulletins to all Law Encroachment Agencies to be on the lookout for other potential streaking attacks and how those attacks would be played out. They have also been informed to closely observe anyone buying velcro seemed stripping pants and other quickly removed items of clothing. As Americans we must be vigilant and keep an ever watchful eye for suspicious activity. There are those in our community that may want to express their desire to run freely as a caveman and this horrible and destructive action can not be tolerated. God Bless America

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