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Colorado accused of ignoring misconduct

By Wire services
Published January 30, 2004

DENVER - Prospective Colorado players were recruited with sex parties during which women said they were raped. The women also said school officials have resisted demands to stop the practice, according to depositions of a prosecutor and a police officer.

Boulder County District Attorney Mary Keenan, a potential witness in a federal lawsuit filed by a woman who said she was raped at a 2001 party attended by recruits, made the statement during an October deposition.

Keenan said she met with athletic department officials after the 2001 party and after a 17-year-old said she was raped by a player or recruit at a party in 1997. Keenan said she didn't believe school officials took her complaints seriously.

"They decided, after discussing the history, that they would not change anything because they could not afford to lose the competitive edge against universities such as Oklahoma (and) Nebraska," Keenan said.

Coach Gary Barnett and athletic director Dick Tharp denied the accusations.

Prosecutors filed no sexual assault charges for the 2001 incident because they did not believe they could be proved. Four players were charged with providing marijuana and alcohol to minors.

In another deposition in the lawsuit, university police officer Timothy Delaria described another 2001 party as "some kind of sex party for the recruits."

He said recruits were shown a pornographic video and told easy sex was a benefit of playing at Colorado.

FSU: Linebacker Lawrence Timmons (6 feet 3, 225 pounds), one of South Carolina's top prospects, orally committed, according to the theinsiders.com. He also considered Florida and Tennessee.

LSU: Kirby Smart, a graduate assistant the past two seasons at FSU, was named defensive backs coach. He replaces Tim Walton, who was hired by Miami.

MIAMI: Ten players made the Big East all-academic team: linebacker Jonathan Vilma; offensive linemen Robert Bergman, Alex Garcia, Brad Kunz and Jim Sikora; quarterback Brock Berlin, kickers Mark Gent and Jon Peattie; punter Matt Carter and defensive back Kelly Jennings.

MINNESOTA: AD Joel Maturi said he began looking into recruits' trips to strip clubs and underage drinking during official campus visits. Maturi said he did not ask coach Glen Mason if he knew about the trips or drinking. Mason did not comment.

TCU: The school's board of trustees is expected to approve a move to the Mountain West Conference today. The move would start with the 2005-06 season.

VIRGINIA TECH: Police searched quarterback Marcus Vick's apartment Wednesday after two teenage girls said he had sex with their 15-year-old friend, according to a search warrant affidavit. Vick, 19, has not been charged. Police are investigating the incident as contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor, according to the affidavit.

Baseball

ACC: Georgia Tech was picked to win the title in a poll of coaches. It received 6 of 9 first-place votes and 77 points. FSU was picked second with 61 points and one first-place vote followed by Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Virginia, Duke and Maryland. Wake and Clemson received the other first-place votes.

- Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.

[Last modified January 30, 2004, 01:32:11]


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