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No evidence of escorts hired to lure recruits found

11/14/2004 - Colorado Buffaloes

BOULDER, Colo. -- An audit launched in the wake of the
sex-and-booze football recruiting scandal at the
University of Colorado found no evidence that escorts or strippers were hired to lure recruits.

The final audit released by the chancellor's office Friday
recommends that the university ban the use of private funds for
recruiting, a measure already implemented by the athletic
department.

A preliminary audit released in May revealed that coaches bought
alcohol for recruits' parents at a November 2002 reception and
charged it to the university in violation of athletic department
policy.

CU was reimbursed with a check from the Buffalo Football
Technique School, a football camp operated by coach Gary Barnett.

The audit also documented that a former athletic department
employee purchased nearly $240 in alcohol at five recruiting
dinners in 2001 and charged nearly all of it to the university. It
also found that football coaches used $1,465 in university funds to
have beer delivered to their hotel rooms during some away games
from 1999 through 2003. And it found that two athletic department
employees used university-financed cell phones to call escort and
dating services.

A grand jury investigating the recruiting allegations handed up
an indictment accusing former football recruiting aide Nathan
Maxcey of soliciting a prostitute for himself. Maxcey incurred
hundreds of dollars in calls to an escort service and now faces a
misdemeanor solicitation charge and two felonies: embezzlement of
public property and theft related to the cell phone use.

In August, the athletic department changed its recruiting policy
and procedures to say, "Funds from private sources such as camp
accounts, boosters or a coach's personal funds cannot be used for
any aspect of recruiting."

The final audit recommends that "under no circumstances should
cash be obtained from sources outside of university control."

The audit covered 2000 through June 2004.