U. San Diego coach Harbaugh pleads not guilty to DUI

Updated: December 15, 2005, 9:43 PM ET
Associated Press

VISTA, Calif. -- University of San Diego football coach Jim Harbaugh pleaded innocent Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

Harbaugh's plea was telephoned to court officials by San Diego-based attorney Brian McCarthy, a technique allowed in misdemeanor cases.

Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback, was stopped early on Oct. 30 in Encinitas after allegedly running a stop sign. According to court documents, Harbaugh refused to take a field sobriety test after he was pulled over.

Harbaugh recently completed his second year at USD, leading the Toreros to a school-best 11-1 record, the Pioneer Football League championship.

Judge Aaron Katz scheduled a Jan. 12 readiness conference and a Feb. 16 trial date.

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