Helen H. RichardsonUniversity of Colorado head soccer coach Gary Barnett speaks throughout a press convention relating to allegations of sexual misconduct and rape associated to the soccer workforce and its recruiting practices on Jan. 29, 2004.Re: “Earlier than there was #MeToo, there was the courageous and superior Lisa Simpson,” Jan. 26 Diane Carman column.
Diane Carman’s portrayal of the College of Colorado soccer recruiting scandal as a prototype of #MeToo conveniently omits quite a few pertinent info. The investigation revealed no critical criminality: no soccer gamers have been charged with rape, the administration didn’t sanction intercourse as a recruiting instrument, and the one indictment was of an ex-recruiting assistant who used his assigned cellphone to rent himself a prostitute. Coach Gary Barnett was not a casualty of the scandal: Exonerated of wrongdoing, he coached two extra seasons, successful Massive 12 Coach of the Yr in 2004. In 2005, he resigned after a number of humiliating defeats on the sphere. The cash he acquired was not a sleazy “settlement” however a buyout of the rest of his contract. The self-imposed reforms instituted at CU have been beauty, not punitive. On reflection, the CU scandal was an costly joke in comparison with critical scandals at Penn State, Baylor and Michigan State.