Barnett leaves Colo. against will

SPORTS DIGEST

Sports Digest

December 09, 2005

Gary Barnett's tumultuous stay at Colorado ended yesterday when the coach reluctantly stepped down, accepting a $3 million payment to sever a tenure riddled by off-the-field problems and finally done in by bad results on the field.

In a news conference he wanted to be a part of, Barnett said he was forced to step down by athletic director Mike Bohn.

"In the last 24 hours, Mike has made a decision to change the football coach at the University of Colorado," he said. "I respect that decision, I didn't like that decision - I didn't resign my position - but I wholeheartedly accept ... the decision."

Barnett was 49-38 in seven seasons at Colorado, winning a Big 12 Conference championship, four Big 12 North titles and two Associated Press Big 12 Coach of the Year honors.

"I would deem that a success," he said.

Last season, Barnett survived a recruiting scandal that resulted in an investigation that concluded drugs, alcohol and sex were used to entice recruits to the Boulder campus.

He got into further trouble by using derogatory terms in talking about kicker Katie Hnida, who alleged she was raped by a teammate in 2000.

Navy -- Sophomore wide receiver Kyle Kimbro will miss the Poinsettia Bowl with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

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