University of Colorado regents reviewed a report which concluded “sex, alcohol and drugs” were used as “recruiting tools” to lure high school football stars, three-fourths of whom didn’t meet the minimum academic standards required for non-athletes. Then the board endorsed football coach Gary Barnett and university president Elizabeth Hoffman. From the Washington Post:
As the university’s Board of Regents met to review an investigative report on the school’s recruiting scandal, board chairman Peter Steinhauer said, “This crisis has proven that we have great leadership . . . including the coaches, the chancellor and our president.”
. . . After accusations of sexual abuse committed by members of the school’s football program came out last winter — at least nine women have reported being raped by CU football players or recruits — Barnett was suspended from his job, with pay.
The coach makes $1.6 million a year.
Regent Jerry Rutledge said, “If you want a scapegoat for our recruiting problems, look in the mirror.” Who’s supposed to look in the mirror? The regents?