Skip to main content

Fresno State may withdraw offer to ex-Gopher QB Philip Nelson


Former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson is looking to move to a Californian college, as he awaits sentencing for assault.

According to the Mankato Free Press, court documents in Nelson's case indicate he is considering a move to Fresno State University in California.

However, after news of the offer broke, Nelson's family found out the offer could be withdrawn.

"These universities are very finicky, they're very fickle," said Nelson's attorney Jim Fleming.

Last month, Nelson pleaded guilty to fifth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, for kicking former Minnesota State football player Isaac Kolstad in the head during a fight in downtown Mankato last May.

Originally, he was facing a first-degree assault charge. The former quarterback can be seen on surveillance video apparently kicking Kolstad in the head, but doctors say Nelson’s kick didn’t cause Kolstad’s injuries.

Trevor Shelley has also been charged with assault in the case.

The news was discovered in a response from Fleming, to a request from Kolstad's family attorney Ken White to delay Nelson's sentencing from February 25 to March 5, before both parties agreed on March 2, the Free Press reports.

"Additionally, even with this six day delay, this delay is jeopardizing Mr. Nelson's ability to attend school," Fleming wrote. "He has been advised that a delay of the sentencing will result in his not being accepted at Fresno State University."

Before the incident involving Kolstad, Nelson transferred from Minnesota to Rutgers and was a member of the Scarlets football team. But he started the majority of the Gophers' games during the 2013-2014 season – including Minnesota's Texas Bowl loss to Syracuse.

Nelson was released from the Rutgers program following the incident in Mankato.

While there was no indication if the offer included an opportunity to play football at Fresno State, it appears the opportunity itself is now in jeopardy.

Next Up

unsplash - woman sick coughing - CROP

Long COVID: Review of Mayo patients may provide new clues

The researchers summarized three "major novel findings" from the data.

Joe Biden

Biden's visit to MN will include stop at Dakota County Technical College

The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed earlier this month.

Brooklyn Center police

Victim of 'accidental' shooting ID'd as 23-year-old Duluth woman

The 23-year-old died three days after being shot while sitting in a parked vehicle.


Motorist dead after crashing into utility pole in south Minneapolis

The crash happened Saturday night in the South Uptown neighborhood.

police lights

St. Cloud mother arrested after 3-month-old baby found dead

Officers discovered the baby during a welfare check Sunday.

Merwin Liquors Mounds View

Police shoot, kill man inside Mounds View liquor store

It follows an alleged armed carjacking outside a nearby Aldi.

Dalvin Cook

Report: Dalvin Cook has dislocated shoulder, will undergo MRI

The Vikings running back was carted off the field in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

Kirk Cousins

Watch: Kirk Cousins lines up under guard on critical 4th down play

Kirk Cousins went "Full Kirk" at the worst possible time.

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook injured, Vikings drop crucial game against 49ers

The Vikings couldn't stop the Niners' rushing attack in a 34-26 loss.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man airlifted to a hospital after police shooting in Forest Lake

Police allege that the man presented a threat to officers.

Minnesota Wild

Wild's two third-period goals take down the Lightning

Ryan Hartman's go-ahead goal defeated the two-time defending champions.

Byron Buxton

Reports: Twins reach extension with Byron Buxton

The long-term deal locks in one of the Twins' franchise players.