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  • CU puts Barnett on leave (after "poor" response to rape allegations)

    02/19/2004 6:04:47 AM PST · by mhking · 77 replies · 246+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 2.19.04 | Erin Emery and Jim Hughes
    University of Colorado president Betsy Hoffman put football coach Gary Barnett on paid administrative leave Wednesday night, saying she was "utterly distressed" by a police report that describes Barnett as siding "100 percent" with a player accused of rape. She also cited comments Barnett made about former CU place-kicker Katie Hnida, another of the five women who have now alleged sexual assault by CU football players or recruits. "Our decision was based on coach Barnett's recent remarks about former student Katie Hnida's athletic abilities," Hoffman said. "His remarks about her were extremely inappropriate and insensitive. Rape is a horrific allegation,...