Buffs coach 'overreacted' to incident

Originally Published: August 11, 2004
Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- Two Colorado football players suspended this winter will be allowed to play in the season opener against Colorado State after all.

Colorado coach Gary Barnett on Tuesday rescinded the suspensions of linebacker Chris Hollis and offensive lineman Brian Daniels, saying he had "overreacted."

They were among four players suspended in February, when the football program was being investigated for allegedly using sex and alcohol to lure recruits to the school.

At the time, Hollis had admitted taking a recruit to an 18-and-over strip club in Boulder but the school said there was no indication of underage drinking.

Few other details were released about the actions of the other players. Three of the players admitted breaking team rules and there was an alcohol violation, which was referred to the school's Office of Judicial Affairs.

One of the players, cornerback Sammy Joseph, has transferred to Louisiana State. The case of the fourth player, offensive lineman Jack Tipton, is still being reviewed, Barnett said.

Hollis and Daniels appealed their suspensions to campus administrators. A committee heard their appeal and then asked Barnett to reconsider his decision, suggesting "the possibility of an educational alternative" for the players.

Hollis and Daniels said they were pleased with the decision.

"I had confidence they were going to correct it. ... You train eight months to play 11 games; you don't want to miss any of them," Daniels said.

In a statement on the cases of Hollis and Daniels, Barnett said he "reacted impulsively and unfairly by issuing one-game suspensions, one of the more severe sanctions for violating team rules."

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press