(This is really a crime?)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama star cornerback Simeon Castille pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge that he shouted to passengers in a car and challenged them to a fight.

The plea on a disorderly conduct charge was entered with the municipal court by his attorney, with a trial date set for Sept. 26. Castille, an All-SEC preseason selection, did not appear in person.

Police accused him of "shouting, cussing and challenging passengers [of a sport utility vehicle] to fight him" as he stood in a street about 2 a.m. on Aug. 19. Castille has said he was joking with teammates in the SUV in an off-campus area called The Strip.