12 Aug

Cal U. spending up to $60,000 on football probe

first_imgGeraldine JonesCALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) – State-owned California University of Pennsylvania has hired a consulting firm to review its football program which has six players suspended and awaiting trial for their alleged roles in an off-campus beating.The Compliance Group of Lenexa, Kansas, will be paid up to $60,000 to complete the review by June 30.Interim university President Geraldine Jones called for the review last month and may share some of the consultant’s findings, though it’s unclear if the entire report will be released.The review will include everything from how the school recruits its players to the oversight they receive as student-athletes and how “appropriate values” are communicated on the team and at the school about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh. The review will also examine the organizational relationships among the football program, the athletic department and other campus officials.The Division II school forfeited its next game and suspended the players after the Oct. 30 incident at an off-campus restaurant that left the alleged victim, 30-year-old Lewis Campbell III, hospitalized in a medically induced coma for several days. After the attack, witnesses say they heard chants of “Football strong!”Campbell is recovered and been released from the hospital, and attorneys for some of the players contend he started the fight.The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, in an investigation after the assault, determined the school had signed three players who left Division I schools after being charged with violent crimes in the last two years, and 17 others on the 100-player roster had been convicted of criminal charges ranging from disorderly conduct to drug offenses in Washington County, where the school is based.Barbara Hess, the school’s union faculty president, said she believes the entire report – not just the consultant’s recommendations – should be released.Jones, in a statement, said the school “will cooperate fully with TCG’s work and make every effort to expedite the process.”last_img

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