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  • After review, BYU replaces men's and women's ADs

    Sept. 8, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    PROVO, Utah -- BYU fired its men's and women's athletic directors Wednesday and merged the two departments, the result of an internal review commissioned in May.

    The school didn't renew the contracts of Val Hale, the men's athletic director, and Elaine Michaelis, the women's AD. They were immediately replaced by a team of department officials, including former California football coach Tom Holmoe. K. Fred Skousen, the school's advancement vice president, said a formal search for a new athletic director would not begin for three to six months.

    Skousen said the changes were not related to an ongoing investigation by the Utah County Attorney's office into a 17-year-old girl's claim that she was raped by several people she believed to be BYU football players.

    Hale, a BYU graduate, was the men's athletic director since 1999 and was an associate AD for 10 years before that.

    Michaelis was in her 10th year of overseeing BYU's 11 women's sports. She also coached volleyball, basketball, softball and field hockey for the Cougars.



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    Georgia suspends Kearney after 'altercation with faculty member'
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 5, 2005
    CBS SportsLine.com wire reports




    ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia linebacker Tavares Kearney was suspended for the season opener Friday after allegedly confronting an instructor who accused him of cheating on an exam.

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    Kearney was cleared of the cheating charge, but he still faced accusations of disorderly conduct. He agreed to disciplinary action proposed by associate dean of students Kim Ellis.

    The instructor said Kearney twisted her wrist last month after she confiscated his camera cell phone because she suspected the freshman of using it to cheat on a nutrition exam.

    Coach Mark Richt said Kearney will miss the Sept. 3 opener against Boise State and also receive internal discipline and community service.

    "We all have to live under authority," Richt said. "It was unacceptable for Tavares, as it would have been for any of our players, to be involved in any altercation with a faculty member. I'm sure there have been some valuable lessons learned."

    In a statement, Kearney acknowledged that he "did not handle the situation in the best way possible, but I feel that the process has been handled in a fair way."

    Kearney is the fifth Georgia player to be suspended from the opener for disciplinary reasons.

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    -08-08-2005, 06:20 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Colorado indicted by grand jury in recruiting scandal
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 22, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    DENVER -- A state grand jury has handed down an indictment regarding the use of prostitutes to entice football recruits to the University of Colorado, according to a published report.

    The Denver Post reported the development in its Sunday editions. The newspaper, however, does not say who is named in the indictment. Whomever is indicted will be notified within 10 days and then will have 10 days to respond.

    Ken Lane, spokesman for Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar, did not return a phone call from the Associated Press seeking comment Sunday.

    Among those who testified before the panel were football coach Gary Barnett, Athletics Director Richard Tharp, several players and Pasha Cowan, the former manager of an escort service.

    Cowan said football recruiting aide Nathan Maxcey paid her $2,500 for three call girls to visit "very young, very athletic men" at Boulder-area hotels. Maxcey has denied any wrongdoing.

    The grand jury began its work in May after Gov. Bill Owens called for an investigation into allegations that the Colorado football program used sex, strippers and alcohol to recruit promising athletes.

    A commission appointed by the university regents concluded that players arranged sex, drugs and alcohol for recruits but said there was no evidence Colorado officials "knowingly sanctioned" the activities.

    Still pending are federal lawsuits filed by three women who say they were raped by recruits or players in December 2001.



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    -08-23-2004, 10:40 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Judge orders Northwestern to pay in case of deceased player
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 15, 2005
    CBS SportsLine.com wire reports




    CHICAGO -- A judge approved a $16 million settlement of a lawsuit on Monday that calls for Northwestern University to pay the family of a football player who collapsed and died during practice four years ago.

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    Rashidi Wheeler's mother, Linda Will, who has objected to settling the case, filed an appeal to the order.

    In the court order, Circuit Judge Kathy M. Flanagan wrote that she approved the settlement to protect the interests of Wheeler's three half brothers, all of whom are minors. Flanagan wrote that if Will was the only plaintiff in the case, she would have the right to reject any settlement.

    Will said the settlement was unjust and she expected the ruling to be overturned.

    Wheeler, 22, collapsed in August 2001 after participating in a conditioning drill. His parents sued the school, claiming officials did not give their son, an asthmatic, timely or adequate medical treatment.

    Northwestern spokesman Alan Cubbage said in a statement that the school agreed to the settlement to end the legal battle.

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    -08-16-2005, 03:25 PM
  • DJRamFan
    BYU says player accused of lying in rape case to transfer
    by DJRamFan
    Jan. 27, 2005
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    PROVO, Utah -- Wide receiver Antwaun Harris, accused of lying to police investigating rape allegations against other Brigham Young football players, will transfer from BYU, the school announced.

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    The Garland, Texas, native had 17 receptions for 149 yards last season.

    He and defensive back Billy Skinner, 19, were suspended last month after lesser charges were lodged against them related to the rape investigation. Four other players were accused of rape and were suspended by BYU for one year.

    The charge against Harris of providing false information to police is a second-degree felony.

    "In response to the new direction this program is taking, with an increase in both accountability and discipline," Antwuan has decided to pursue his football career at another university," coach Bronco Mendenhall said Wednesday. "He has my full support."

    BYU said Harris is expected to transfer to a Division I-A program, while Skinner plans to play at Sam Houston State University, a I-AA school in Huntsville, Texas.

    Skinner, 19, is charged with third-degree felony dealing in harmful material to a minor but will plead no contest on Feb. 18 to a misdemeanor charge, attorneys said Tuesday. The action clears the way for him possibly to be called to testify in the trial of his ex-teammates, but Deputy Utah County Attorney Donna Kelly declined to say whether she planned to do so.

    Prosecutors contend that in August, four players gave vodka to a 17-year-old girl at an off-campus Provo apartment. They showed the girl a pornographic movie, then raped her after she passed out, the prosecutors allege.

    Karland Bennett, 19, Ibrahim Rashada, 18, B.J. Mathis, 18, and William Turner Jr., who is 18 now but was 17 at the time, were indicted on charges of aggravated sexual assault, dealing harmful material to a minor, furnishing alcohol to a minor and obstructing justice. Turner provided information to prosecutors in exchange for an agreement that he would be tried as a minor.

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    -01-27-2005, 01:28 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Barnett to go before grand jury probing Colorado scandal
    by DJRamFan
    July 30, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    DENVER -- Colorado football coach Gary Barnett was called Friday to appear before a grand jury investigating his program's recruiting practices.

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    Barnett did not immediately go before the panel. He wouldn't comment to reporters.

    He was suspended in February for comments he made about two women who accused football players of rape, then was reinstated in May after an investigative panel concluded he shouldn't be fired.

    The grand jury investigation is the first indication criminal charges could be filed in a scandal that led to sweeping changes in the football recruiting program and a scathing review of university leadership.

    At the governor's request, Attorney General Ken Salazar's office has been investigating. Salazar already decided against filing assault charges on allegations involving nine women dating to 1997, citing concerns about the evidence and the reluctance of the women to go forward with the cases.

    The grand jury has heard from players, director of football operations David Hansburg, campus police and others since May. Legal experts have said they think investigators are trying to figure out whether university funds were misused, among other things.

    Salazar's office has declined to comment.


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    -08-02-2004, 03:23 PM
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