Buffs coach 'overreacted' to incident

8/11/2004 - Colorado Buffaloes

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Colorado coach Gary Barnett on Tuesday rescinded the suspensions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