Joseph is second starter who wants out

Updated: June 8, 2004, 3:04 PM ET
Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- Cornerback Sammy Joseph has become the second starter to say he wants to leave Colorado.

Sammy Joseph is going somewhere else because of the atmosphere on campus and the way he was treated as a black player.
Gary Barnett

"Sammy Joseph is going somewhere else because of the atmosphere on campus and the way he was treated as a black player," coach Gary Barnett told KVCU-AM, the campus radio station, on Monday. Barnett could not immediately be reached for further comment.

Reached by telephone in his hometown of New Orleans, Joseph refused to comment on any aspect of his situation.

"Soon I will, though," he said.

A commission that investigated the football program's recent recruiting scandal concluded more needs to be done to encourage interest in the school by blacks and other minorities.

The report said 40 percent of the football team is black, but there were only 85 black freshmen on campus and 448 black undergraduates out of more than 24,000 overall.

Joseph, a redshirt freshman who started every game last fall, was fourth on the team in tackles with 55 and had two interceptions.

His brother, Vance Joseph, was the cornerbacks coach at Colorado until he was placed on administrative leave during the recent investigation into the football program. He later took an assistant's job at Bowling Green.

Brian Calhoun, the starting tailback for much of last season, said three weeks ago he intends to transfer. The school did not immediately grant the junior-to-be a release from his scholarship at Colorado.

Calhoun said last fall he considered leaving after his position coach, Eric Bieniemy, left for UCLA.

"My reason for leaving is far different than everybody expects and thinks," Calhoun said in a statement last month. "It has nothing to do with playing time or switching positions."

He also said it had nothing to do with whether Barnett would be reinstated after a suspension tied to the recruiting scandal.

Last month, university President Betsy Hoffman reinstated Barnett and pledged to make improvements in the oversight of the athletics department.

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