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Timeline: Colorado recruiting scandal

5/27/2004
  • December 1997: High school student reports she was sexually
    assaulted by two Colorado recruits at a party. No charges filed
    because witnesses can't corroborate the allegations. Recruits do
    not enroll.

  • February 1998: Mary Keenan and other Boulder County prosecutors
    meet with university lawyers and the chancellor. Keenan later says
    she put athletic officials "on notice" about concerns dealing
    with sex and alcohol involving recruits. Athletic director Richard
    Tharp says he has a different memory of the meeting.

  • January 1999: Gary Barnett named football coach.

  • Dec. 7, 2001: Colorado football players and recruits attend
    off-campus party; two women later say they were raped at the party
    and a third says she was assaulted in a dorm room afterward. The
    three later file federal gender-discrimination lawsuits against the
    school.

  • April 2002: Prosecutors decide against rape charges in the
    case.

  • May 3: Prosecutors file felony charges against four football
    players for allegedly providing alcohol to minors at the party. The
    next day, school confirms it has revoked scholarships of four
    players.

  • Oct. 27, 2003: Sworn statements from Keenan, now district
    attorney, are released suggesting prosecutors decided against
    sexual assault charges because men had "third-party consent" to
    have sex with at least one woman at the party.

  • Jan. 28: A deposition by Keenan is released in which she
    accuses Colorado's athletic department of using sex and alcohol as
    recruiting tools.

  • Jan. 29: Barnett, Tharp and others deny Keenan's allegations.
    Gov. Bill Owens demands public accounting.

  • Feb. 2: University President Elizabeth Hoffman announces an
    independent commission appointed by regents will look into Keenan's
    allegations.

  • Feb 6: Keenan says investigators will re-examine allegations
    about rape at the party. Broomfield police say athletic department
    may be tied to an incident involving an escort service.

  • Feb. 10: Denver adult entertainment company says Colorado
    football players hired strippers for recruiting parties.

  • Feb. 13: Colorado says escort service was called from a cell
    phone once assigned to former football recruiting assistant Nathan
    Maxcey. Maxcey says there was no connection to players or recruits.

  • Feb. 17: Former Colorado kicker Katie Hnida tells Sports
    Illustrated she was raped by a teammate in 2000.

  • Feb. 18: Police release report in which a woman says she was
    sexually assaulted by a football player in September 2001 and that
    Barnett told her he would back his player if charges were pursued.
    No charges were filed. Barnett placed on paid leave for comments
    attributed to him in the police report and for disparaging Hnida's
    athletic ability.

  • Feb. 20: Assistant coach Brian Cabral named interim football
    coach.

  • Feb. 25: John DiBiaggio, former president of the universities
    of Connecticut, Michigan State and Tufts, hired as temporary
    liaison between university administration and athletics department.

  • Feb. 27: Owens appoints Attorney General Ken Salazar as special
    prosecutor to investigate scandal.

  • March 4: University announces stricter football recruiting
    rules.

  • March 11: NCAA officials tell House subcommittee hearing in
    Washington new recruiting standards are being considered.

  • May 6: Colorado faculty suggest overhaul for athletics
    department, saying situation has become "intolerable."

  • May 11: Salazar decides against filing criminal charges in nine
    alleged sexual assaults involving football players.

  • May 14: Police clear second football player in report by woman
    who said she was raped after meeting two men at a tavern in August
    2002. One of the players had accused police of racial profiling

  • May 18: Regents' panel releases final report: Evidence of drug,
    alcohol and drug use to entice recruits but no suggestion that
    university officials condoned misconduct.

  • May 21: Statewide grand jury hears testimony from woman who
    says a school aide handed over $2,000 in cash to a call girl service.

  • May 27: University reinstates Barnett, says no one will lose
    their job because of the scandal. Hoffman announces sweeping
    changes to boost accountability in the athletics department.