One parent suggests transferring as an option

Updated: May 4, 2004, 1:42 AM ET
Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- A group of parents of University of Colorado football players asked school officials for a statement of support for players and coaches Monday amid a scandal over recruiting practices.

One said their sons could play elsewhere if they are not satisfied with the school's backing.

An independent panel and the state attorney general are investigating allegations the football program used sex and alcohol to recruit promising players. At least eight women have said they were raped by players or recruits since 1997, and three of the women have sued the school.

"It is our duty as parents to advise our sons to look to their futures based on the public information they receive from the university in the coming days and weeks," said Patty Klopfenstein, the mother of tight end Joel Klopfenstein.

"There are many other fine institutions where they can get an exemplary education and play football," she said.

Patty Klopfenstein has also appeared before the independent panel, saying allegations against a few players have affected everyone associated with the team.

CU spokeswoman Michele Ames said officials are sympathetic toward the parents and support the players. But she said the university wants a football team known for its policies as well as its competitiveness.

Ames said the university is committed to examining all the information in can gather before making any decisions about the football program.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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