Cal QB Levy suspended for season opner

Updated: June 30, 2006, 2:53 PM ET
Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. -- California quarterback Steve Levy was suspended for the team's season opener Friday for his involvement in a bar fight last weekend.

Levy, a senior who led the Golden Bears to season-ending wins over Stanford and Brigham Young last season, pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony assault charges stemming from the fight, in which he allegedly threw a pint glass at a bouncer's face after getting into an argument with another patron at an Irish pub in San Francisco.

"At a minimum, Steve will miss the first game of his senior year," coach Jeff Tedford said. "Further action, if warranted, will be decided upon after resolution of his situation."

The Bears, expected to be a top-10 team in most preseason polls, open their season Sept. 2 at Tennessee.

Levy also is suspended from participating in team workouts and activities. He is expected to be a backup to Nate Longshore or Joe Ayoob this season.

Levy is scheduled to return to court July 18 for a pre-hearing conference.

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