May 22, 2004 |
A grand jury convened Friday in Denver to hear evidence in the Colorado football recruiting scandal, hearing closed-door testimony from a former escort service employee who says a Colorado recruiting aide handed over $2,000 to her agency. It is the first indication criminal charges may be filed in a case that has led to sweeping changes in the football program and could cost some university officials their jobs. The panel met for about 2 1/2 hours to hear testimony about the allegations.
May 20, 2004 |
Gary Barnett's career as University of Colorado football coach remained suspended as he emerged from a meeting Wednesday with Athletic Director Dick Tharp at the Dal Ward Athletic Center. The question was, for how much longer? Barnett said he could not comment on the matter until "things settled down." His life has been in limbo since he was placed on paid administrative leave in February. Wednesday, he said, someone had even taken his parking place.
May 19, 2004 |
A panel investigating the University of Colorado athletic department has concluded that sex, alcohol and drugs were used to lure football recruits to the program but that school officials, including football Coach Gary Barnett, did not knowingly sanction the practice. The 45-page final report issued by an eight-member Independent Investigative Commission was obtained by the Rocky Mountain News and posted Tuesday on its website.
May 12, 2004 |
Colorado's attorney general decided against filing charges in nine alleged sexual assault cases involving Colorado football players and recruits. Atty. Gen. Ken Salazar, who was appointed as a special prosecutor by Gov. Bill Owens in February, said in a statement Tuesday that the decision was based on concerns about evidence and the "expressed wishes of some victims not to be subjected to the criminal justice process."
March 6, 2004 |
The University of Colorado's decision this week to overhaul its football recruiting policies will not necessarily lead to similarly drastic changes for all colleges, members of a recently formed NCAA task force said Friday. "I don't see this as a template for anything, except for what Colorado thinks is best for it at this time," said Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Assn. and a task force committee member.
February 23, 2004 |
It happened to Geoff Schwartz this winter as he traveled to several major colleges that were recruiting him to play football. The Palisades High lineman was on an official visit to one of the campuses -- he was hesitant to say which -- when players from the team asked whether he wanted to go to a strip club. "I wasn't too surprised," he said. "I'd heard stories."
January 27, 2004 |
Westchester High is down to its last strike in an effort to overturn sanctions against its state-champion boys' basketball team. The City Section announced Monday that a three-person appeal panel had upheld penalties that include Westchester's being banned from the playoffs this season for allegedly recruiting 6-foot-9 junior center Amir Johnson from Los Angeles Verbum Dei.
January 25, 2004 |
It was a beautiful, sunny day in Los Angeles on Friday, perfect for riding a bike, taking a walk in the park, shooting some hoops or playing a round of golf. I was at home, waiting for a phone call from the Los Angeles Unified School District to tell me whether Westchester High's appeal of its postseason ban from the boys' basketball playoffs would be overturned. Thursday was supposed to be the day of reckoning, then it was postponed to Friday. Finally, just before 3 p.m., my phone rang.
January 17, 2004 |
Westchester High sought to overturn sanctions against its state-champion boys' basketball program Friday during an emotional appeal hearing in which conflicting evidence was presented. A three-person City Section panel heard two hours of testimony from parents, students and representatives of Westchester and Los Angeles Verbum Dei at the downtown meeting. A decision is expected to be announced next week.
January 13, 2004 |
The time has come for two-time defending state Division I boys' basketball champion Westchester High to unleash its most ferocious full-court press of the season on Friday, when the Comets' postseason fate is decided on the 25th floor of a downtown office building.