College Sports Recruiting under Fire-Again: CU Announces Strict Changes to Program

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College Sports Recruiting under Fire-Again: CU Announces Strict Changes to Program


In the end, the University of Colorado's citation by the Princeton Review as the nation's biggest party school may be one of its less notorious distinctions. With seven women alleging sexual assault by football players since 1997--as well as allegations of recruiting parties fueled by alcohol drugs, and the promise of sex with attractive co-eds--CU has become the poster school for all things wrong with college sports recruiting.

Adding to the seriousness of the charges, the team's former place-kicker Katie Hnida claimed she was harassed by the team and raped by a teammate. Coach Gary Barnett responded to Hnida's charges by saying, "Not only was she a girl, she was terrible." Barnett, whose $1.6 million contract makes him the highest-paid public employee in Colorado, was placed on paid administrative leave after his remark.

To date, separate investigations have been launched by local prosecutors, the state legislature, and a special panel named by the university. The panel's report is expected by the end of this month. The National Collegiate Athletics Association and the U.S. Congress have both announced they will launch investigations into national collegiate sports recruiting practices. …

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