Texas receiver Dan Buckner announced plans to transfer to another school today, within hours after being arrested on a misdemeanor trespassing charge in College Station.
Police said Buckner was visiting a woman early this morning when they got into an argument and she asked him to leave her apartment. Police escorted Buckner to his vehicle but when he refused to leave, he was placed under arrest.
In a statement released by school officials, Texas coach Mack Brown said he discussed the situation with Buckner and his family and “we all decided that the best thing for him would be to transfer to another school and get a fresh start.”
Buckner is the fourth Longhorn to be arrested in the past two months but only one _ kick returner D.J. Monroe, who sat out three games after being arrested for driving while intoxicated on Nov. 15 _ remains on the roster heading into spring drills, which begin next month.
Buckner, a sophomore from Allen, caught 45 passes for the Longhorns’ team that lost to Alabama, 37-21, in last week’s BCS National Championship Game. Buckner’s departure, along with the graduation of leading receiver Jordan Shipley (116 catches, 1,485 yards, 13 TDs), means James Kirkendoll (48 catches, 461 yards) will be the only returning receiver with at least 40 catches from the 2009 team.
If Buckner transfers to another FBS school, he must sit out next season but will have two years of eligibility remaining, starting in 2011. In a statement, Buckner said he “really enjoyed” his time at Texas but decided “it is best” to transfer. He did not mention what schools he would consider.
_ Jimmy Burch