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From the Boulder Daily Camera:

CU-Boulder employees express 'deep concerns' about Bill McCartney

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Saying former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney used his position to push anti-gay and sexist agendas, some employees at CU are asking that he be ruled out as a candidate for the open coaching position.

A search committee is looking for candidates to replace Dan Hawkins, who was fired earlier this month. McCartney coached from 1982 to 1994, winning three consecutive Big Eight Conference titles, and is now stumping for the head coach job.

"Coach Mac," now 70, led the Colorado Buffaloes to their only national title 20 years ago.

But Chancellor Phil DiStefano has received 15 to 20 letters from members of the campus community who have expressed "deep concerns about Coach McCartney's candidacy," said CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard.

The chancellor has forwarded the messages along to the search panel, led by engineering professor David Clough.

Meanwhile, a flier is circulating by e-mail among faculty and staff members that raises questions about McCartney's off-the-field remarks on abortion and gay rights, as well as the criminal records of his players.

From a CU podium in 1992, McCartney referred to homosexuality as "an abomination against almighty God" in support of Amendment 2, which prohibited laws protecting gays from discrimination.

Sports Illustrated ran an article in 1989 showing that from 1986 to 1989, two dozen CU football players were arrested on suspicion of charges including sexual assault.

At the height of his CU coaching career, in 1990, McCartney started the Promise Keepers. The male Christian group attracted more than 50,000 men to Folsom Field in 1994 before it moved to Mile High Stadium in Denver to accommodate larger crowds.

In 1985, the university adopted a policy that "coaches should not organize or conduct religious activities, including promotion of prayer or Bible readings by players or coaches." The policy was adopted after complaints of team prayers and organized religious activities conducted by McCartney.

Glenda Russell, who earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from CU and now works as a psychologist on the campus, says people should consider McCartney's full history while at CU.

"McCartney has every right to have his own beliefs," she said. "But he stepped over the line on a number of occasions when he used his position at the university to promulgate those beliefs and insist that other people join him in behaviors that were associated with those beliefs."

Hiring McCartney for the job, she said, could cause a chilling effect on the recruitment of students and employees.

"We've done a lot of work on this campus to embrace diversity -- and we have more work to do -- but I think that diversity can't really thrive unless all members of the community are welcomed."

In a letter to the editor of the Camera, Bill Taggart, of Boulder, suggested that McCartney be hired as head coach emeritus and Brian Cabral, who is leading the team in the interim,


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be an "assistant head coach."

Taggart said in an interview that he's not bothered by the controversy surrounding McCartney during his last coaching stint.

"It's so long ago, I had forgotten about it," Taggart said. "What happened upwards of 20 years ago has to be looked at in the light of today. Times have changed. He could bring a lot more -- in my opinion -- to the program with his experience."

Sociology professor Joanne Belknap wrote a letter to Athletic Director Mike Bohn and Chancellor DiStefano earlier this month urging against the hiring of McCartney, saying she's worried about his history regarding the treatment of women.

"Even his Promise Keeper values are very sexist ones," she said in an interview. "They aren't about protecting women, but disempowering women."

The National Organization for Women protested Promise Keepers events in the late 1990s, saying the all-male religious group's leaders were sexist because their mission included addressing the "moral problems" of teenage pregnancy, unwed mothers and women as spiritual leaders.

The Promise Keepers' Web site says it is a "Christ-centered organization dedicated to introducing men to Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, and then helping them to grow as Christians."

Last year, for the first time, women were invited to gather at Folsom Field for a Promise Keepers conference.


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I don't give a crap somebodies politics, religious views or anything. It's Football, and folks criticizing their most successful coach ever like that? I just don't get it. They obviously don't care about athletics which is by far their biggest money maker outside of tuition, and I'm just in shock.

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I only give a crap that he is 70 yrs old...

I can't stand the guy because he stiffed me after delivering 100 pizzas to him and his croneys... not a dime for a tip...

But he can coach/recruit.
 

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Mrwigglestheworm said:
I'd really like to hear DID's take on this...
Why?
A few reasons, actually.

1) He seems to have a passion for the CU program

2) He also chimes in on issues that relate to potential civil issues; i.e. a state worker who may potentially cross a line with people who may be gay, or with women.

3) He's a lawyer, his points always seem to come from that perspective

Would be interesting to hear his take.
 

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Personally, I say why the hell not. He never forced his views on others while at the university. Take it from his former players. He left the university and a posh coaching job in their prime in 95 to found and push Promise Keepers. He's now willing to leave PK (not you cold case) behind to help rebuild the program. He's proven that he could leave his political views at the doorstep, for the better good of the universities athletic program.
 

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Mrwigglestheworm said:
I'd really like to hear DID's take on this...
Kenny, I really don't have strong feelings about McCartney, pro or con, and I haven't really followed what he has done since leaving CU. His biggest advantage is his name and the notion that he might be able to generate more immediate support for CU football among fans, donors, and the legislature than anyone else could. Make no mistake, that's a big plus in my opinion.

As to his ability to connect with the target recruits and their families, though, I have questions and wonder whether there might be other candidates who could be more successful. Let's face it, he's over 70 and that may be a hindrance recruiting 18 year inner city old kids.

In terms of coaching, has the game passed him by? I don't know, but I would want to examine that carefully. He hasn't had anything to do with football for 16+ years, has he?

His previously articulated (and, in my opinion, intolerant) views about gays, lesbians, gender equality, and his religious proselytizing are problematic for me when you are trying to fill an important post at a state university. If hired, it would have to be made very clear that those views and activities have no place in his coaching or "life lessons" he might try to teach. He's being hired for his football acumen, and nothing else.

Frankly, I think there may be better candidates out there. The question is whether they would want to come coach football at a university that is not committed, for whatever reasons, to developing a truly first class football program.
 
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