Randy Hanson’s first season as an assistant football coach at Cal Poly is possibly over before it ever really got started.
Hanson, who made headlines when he was an assistant coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2009, was arrested Sunday morning for his alleged involvement in an altercation in which he allegedly struck a person with a beer bottle.
Hanson, who was brought in to coach the Mustangs defensive backs in the secondary this past April, was suspended indefinitely Monday.
“All I can do right now is confirm that Coach Hanson has been suspended while we gather information on the incident,” Don Oberhelman, Cal Poly’s athletics director, wrote in an email Tuesday.
Hanson was reportedly arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after an altercation broke out the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 5, at Harry’s Nightclub & Beach Bar in Pismo. Pismo Beach Police arrested Hanson after he was accused of striking someone with the bottle after a fight broke out at the landmark bar in the heart of Pismo, located on Cypress Street. Hanson made bail after he was taken into custody and booked into County Jail.
In what may or may not be a coincidence, last Sunday’s incident occurred almost exactly three years to the day that Hanson, 44, alleged former Raiders coach Tom Cable violently attacked him when he was an assistant in Oakland.
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Yahoo! Sports reported in 2009, that Hanson said Cable claimed many players in Oakland’s secondary had issues with Hanson and his coaching style.
The following morning, on Aug. 5, 2009, Hanson said he was treated for a broken jaw, claiming the injuries were caused by Cable after the coach threw him from his desk chair, slamming him into office furniture.
Cable was let go by the Raiders in 2011, when late owner Al Davis didn’t renew his contract.
The loss of Hanson, for however long, is a blow to the Mustangs coaching staff. Cal Poly was in need of improving its defense after promoting San Luis Obispo High grad Josh Brown to defensive coordinator this year. Hanson was hired in April to help Brown improve the play of the defensive backs and safeties.
Hanson had an extensive coaching background in the NFL, getting his start on the offensive side of the ball, working with the Minnesota Viking and St. Louis Rams before Lane Kiffin brought him in after he was hired as head coach of the Raiders. Hanson began coaching the Raiders defense under Cable.