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Huery had returned to school to get degree

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Former Razorback basketball standout
Ron Huery, who returned to the University of Arkansas to get the
degree he left without, is in the Washington County Jail on a rape
charge, authorities say.

Huery, 38, of Fayetteville, was arrested Friday on charges of
rape, first-degree false imprisonment and third-degree domestic
battery, plus a misdemeanor charge of obstructing governmental
operations, police records show.

A police report said Huery forced an ex-girlfriend into his
vehicle, drove her to his apartment, hit her and then raped her. He
then reportedly threatened the woman before releasing her, the
report said.

Huery's former coach, Nolan Richardson, said he heard about the
arrest Sunday.

"I'm really sorry," Richardson said before a golf tournament
in Maumelle on Monday. "I don't know what happened. I've heard
conflicting stories that it's something that goes on between Ron
and his girl all the time."

Huery was taken to the Washington County Jail after his arrest.
A jailer said Huery was still behind bars Sunday night, in lieu of
$25,000 bond.

It's not the first time Huery has been arrested. In 1994, he was
put on probation for eight years after a cocaine conviction in his
hometown of Memphis, Tenn., where he was also charged with drunken
driving and driving on a revoked license.

In 2002, Huery sold his ring from the Final Four of the NCAA
Championship for $1,500 to help pay off fines and interest on the
1991 traffic charges.

Huery enrolled at Arkansas in 1986 and played through the
1990-91 season. His numbers place him in the top 10 in five
categories at Arkansas, including fourth in assists. He ranks 12th
on the school's career scoring list.

He returned to Fayetteville in 2003 to work on completing his
degree at the University of Arkansas. He graduated in May with a
bachelor's degree in education, nearly 19 years after he first
enrolled.