Attorneys contend report suppressed

11/24/2004 - Colorado Buffaloes

DENVER -- Attorneys for the woman whose lawsuit sparked the
University of Colorado recruiting scandal want an accountant who
reviewed the school's finances to testify on the woman's behalf.

In a court filing Wednesday, lawyers asked a federal judge to
allow the testimony of Daniel Predovich, a certified auditor and
fraud examiner. The deadline for such requests was in June, but the
attorneys said a recent newspaper story revealed Predovich
questioned some financial transactions after reviewing school
records for a grand jury investigation.

The lawsuit filed by former CU student Lisa Simpson claims she
was raped by football players or recruits during a drunken
off-campus party in December 2001.

Another woman has joined Simpson's lawsuit. The trial is set for
May 31.

The latest filing in the case said the auditor's report was
suppressed by university attorneys through court orders. University
spokeswoman Michele Ames said she could not comment on the filings.

After-hours phone messages left Wednesday for the woman's
attorney were not returned.

The court filing and media reports said Predovich was appointed
by Attorney General Ken Salazar to review financial documents from
the university as part of a grand jury investigation into
allegations the football program had used sex and alcohol to lure
top recruits.

Predovich reportedly reviewed financial documents from the CU
Athletic Department and football program, as well as the Buffalo
Technique School, a summer football camp run by football coach Gary
Barnett, and the university's private fund-raising arm, the CU

Questions about outside groups' finances arose last week when
the Rocky Mountain News published portions of a report from auditor
Predovich & Co. The newspaper said the audit was presented to the
grand jury.

According to the newspaper, the report said the university, the
CU Foundation and the football camp failed to produce all the
documents subpoenaed and questioned numerous financial

A judge has refused to unseal the grand jury report. University
attorneys filed a motion Wednesday to keep documents sealed.

A third woman, who also said she was raped during or after the
2001 party, is suing the university. Like the other two, she claims
the school fostered an environment in which women routinely
suffered sexual harassment in violation of federal laws requiring
equal access to education.

No sexual assault charges were filed in connection with the
party, but the allegations set off several investigations into
football recruiting practices.

The sprawling investigation resulted in a single indictment
against former football recruiting aide Nathan Maxcey, accused of
using a university-issued cell phone to solicit a prostitute.

Another casualty was athletics director Dick Tharp, who resigned
Monday. He said his bosses wanted him out after the recruiting
scandal and allegations of financial mismanagement had stained the
school's reputation.