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CU Football Coach Placed on Administrative Leave

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

University of Colorado officials place head football coach Gary Barnett on administrative leave with pay.

University President Elizabeth Hoffman says that's the appropriate
action considering Barnett's recent comments about a former C.U.
football placekicker who alleged she was raped by a teammate.

In an upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated, Katie Hnida accuses a former teammate of rape. She also says teammates exposed themselves to her and groped her in hurdles.

Barnett was chastised by Hoffman for comments he made about Hnida's football abilities.

Barnett said besides Hnida being a girl, she was a terrible football player.

Hoffman says Barnett's comments about Hnida were, in her words,
"extremely inappropriate and insensitive.'' Hoffman says rape is a horrific allegation and it should be taken seriously.

The athletics department at the university has been under an almost daily barrage of allegations in recent weeks.

Three women earlier filed federal lawsuits against the school alleging they were raped at or after a recruiting party for football players and recruits.

Now, Boulder police have released a copy of a police report where another woman alleges a football player raped her.

There have also been reports regarding drugs and alcohol being used to recruit players, as well as a stripper service.

C.U. Athletic Director Dick Tharp will work to make sure the football program continues to run smoothly on a day-to-day basis.


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