Our View

Mar 082005
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

It should have been the last nail in the coffin.

But one more step needs to be taken to end the horrible nightmare in Boulder.

The feeling around Colorado, the United States and the Collegian newsroom today is that the University of Colorado may have skipped a step in its revamping process.

CU President Elizabeth Hoffman's resignation Monday should not be the end of CU's rebuilding process.

The answer to the problem lies with head football coach Gary Barnett. Recently it has seemed as though Barnett is trying to overshadow former football coach Rick Neuheisel's recruiting scandal with a scandal far superior. Numerous accounts of sexual harassment against his football team and quotes from him such as, "Katie was not only a girl, she was terrible," will put Barnett in the annals of the coaching-idiocy history. His quote referred to former female kicker Katie Hnida, who claimed she was sexually assaulted while on the team.

It was the right decision for Hoffman to resign as she did. It had to be done. However, the process skipped a step.

How did repeated football controversies not end in the firing of the football coach?

There are many possible answers, but one sticks out more than the rest – money. To terminate Barnett, whose contact was extended in 2002, would have cost CU the rest of the money it owes Barnett.

CU needs to swallow some pride and solve this problem right or the problems may never end. Fire Barnett. Clean house and rebuild all of the areas that have collapsed.

There is still a chance for this to be somewhat salvaged.

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