College football blotter

February 20, 2004

The news about college football hasn't been very good in recent weeks:

Rape: Police said they are investigating whether a woman was raped by a Colorado player after leaving a bar in 2002.

Intimidation: A 2001 police report quoted an unidentified woman saying Colorado coach Gary Barnett told her he "would back his player 100 percent" if she pursued rape charges. The woman declined to file charges.

Rape and harassment: Former Colorado place-kicker Katie Hnida alleged she was raped by a teammate and sexually harassed while a member of the team four years ago. Hnida said she was too frightened to come forward.

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor: Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick, 19, was arrested and accused of serving alcohol to three underage girls in his apartment and having sex with a 15-year-old girl. Vick faces four misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Lack of institutional control: The NCAA cited Washington for lack of institutional control in gambling and recruiting violations by coach Rick Neuheisel. Neuheisel had been fired by the school last summer for gambling in an NCAA basketball pool and lying about it to NCAA investigators.

Rape: Three women are suing the University of Colorado, saying they were raped at or after an off-campus party for football recruits in December 2001.

Probation violation: Top Miami recruit Willie Williams surrendered to police on an arrest warrant for probation violation related to a 2002 burglary case. He has been arrested at least 10 times.

Improper recruiting: Colorado suspended four players for violations that included one player's taking a recruit to a strip club.

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