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    What does it take to get a college sports program shut down?

    Posted on Tue, Jun. 06, 2006

    [size=18px]What does it take to get a college athletic program shut down? [/size]

    BY TOM POWERS
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    ST. PAUL, Minn. - Golden Gophers football players had enough sense to take visiting recruits by the hand and lead them to strip clubs. At least there they have the proper dance poles, beefy security guards and ATM machines. (It's my understanding that the dancers gratefully accept tips.)

    But unlike Minnesota's Strippergate episode of 2004, the privileged young men of the Duke lacrosse team decided to order home delivery. And now we have a scandal that might yet reach O.J.-like proportions.

    Get ready for a continuing onslaught of national media coverage now that Duke President Richard Brodhead has announced that he is reinstating the team for the 2007 season. But don't worry. Brodhead said all the players agreed to a mission statement that emphasizes academics and tolerance.

    Cool. Apparently this means they agreed to be more tolerant of exotic dancers and not, you know, abuse them.

    Furthermore, the players, at least those who aren't convicted of rape, also must adhere to a Vikings-like code of conduct. This code cracks down on, among other things, underage drinking and public urination. According to an in-house investigation, both had been staples of the team's routine.

    Even the Vikings rarely go to the bathroom in public.

    Rarely.

    What does it take to get a college athletic program shut down? We certainly don't have the answer here in Minnesota. Up until the Dookies went haywire, I thought the U of M's mishandling of the academic fraud scandal set the standard for ineptness.

    Remember when then-President Mark Yudof thanked men's basketball coach Clem Haskins for his service, wished him well and sent him off without contesting a seven-figure annuity? He did everything but emcee a testimonial dinner for him. And even as he smiled and waved au revoir to Haskins, many people were hollering: "Wait. Slow Down. You'll be sorry."

    Later, of course, Yudof realized he had been duped, and he tried to recoup some of the money. By that time he reminded me of the rube who fell off the turnip truck as it rumbled through town.

    Duke's Brodhead is delivering a Yudof-like performance in the aftermath of rape charges, lewd behavior and according to Duke's own investigation "a history of disciplinary problems."

    Here is a situation in which any university president would have been justified in announcing: "Enough, this program is more trouble than it's worth. We'll revisit the situation in five years."

    That's probably something Minnesota should have done after the widespread academic fraud was discovered in its men's basketball program - a program that had a history of violations and sordid incidents.

    Now Duke also declines the option. And the lurid details of the scandal have made the school fodder for the tabloids and have attracted a voyeuristic nationwide audience.

    An off-campus party attended by about 40 lacrosse players resulted in rape charges by one of two exotic dancers hired to supply the evening's entertainment. This one has all the elements: racial tension, a prosecutor looking to make political headway, wealthy and privileged young athletes, and the checkered past and credibility issues of the alleged victims.

    From the details that have been made public, the prosecution's case appears shaky. But whether any of the rape charges stick should be irrelevant to the future of the program. There is little doubt that the overall behavior was quite disgusting. There is little doubt that awful racial slurs were directed at the two women.

    This goes beyond the usual explanation of "kids having a lapse in judgment."

    It seems more along the lines of privileged kids thinking they can get away with anything. According to an excellent story in Newsweek, members of the men's lacrosse team have quite a reputation for doing pretty much whatever they feel like doing.

    There will be more sordid details coming out as time passes. A trial could turn into a real circus. I wonder if any of the involved parties drives a white Bronco.

    What does it take to get a college athletic program shut down?

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    Re: What does it take to get a college sports program shut down?

    Very messy. Thing is, you shouldn't scrap the programme, but punish the kids involved and demand a total overhaul of the standards and practices of the Lacrosse teams.

    That being said, whatever happens this will be brushed under the rug and forgotten in a few years, when it all happens again with the class of 2012.. or maybe even earlier.

    I think Animal House lied to us.

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    Re: What does it take to get a college sports program shut down?

    no need to take out a program unless you cant afford it
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    Re: What does it take to get a college sports program shut down?

    The MAIN reason for reinstating the program is so that they didn't lose any recruits...God forbid that they lose their national standing in lacrosse...most of the best players end up at about 5 or 6 top lacrosse programs...if Duke ends up out of that rotation, their lacrosse program is sunk...permanently. Ask SMU about that one...

    And NO, none of those guys has a white Bronco...now if you were talking about a white Range Rover, then we could talk. :lol:
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    Re: What does it take to get a college sports program shut down?

    The program shouldn't be cut. If you cut a program due to illegal immoral acts based on participants we wouldn't have a presidency, a congress, a house of representatives, mayors, no government for that fact.

    Give correct action to those guilty and watch your players a little betterr.
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    Re: What does it take to get a college sports program shut down?

    Powers is officially on my MN press idiot list.

    What the this LaCrosse team actually has a storied past doing is something almost every college football team has put up with for years. Young men (not rich or poor but definitely stereotyped), competaive in nature getting drunk and acting stupid and acting like they own the campus. Sooner or later things go too far. One or two (maybe 5 or 6) bad apples spoil the bunch, it is just not fair to label all 40 as bad.

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    Re: What does it take to get a college sports program shut down?

    "thanatoschristou" wrote:
    The program shouldn't be cut. If you cut a program due to illegal immoral acts based on participants we wouldn't have a presidency, a congress, a house of representatives, mayors, no government for that fact.

    Give correct action to those guilty and watch your players a little betterr.
    or a Minnesota vikings football team lol
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