Statement from Athletic Director Mike Bohn

Published: March 15, 2008

I am extremely disappointed and troubled by these incidents. We don’t condone this kind of activity, it’s counterproductive and disrupts the progress we’re trying to make as a department and as a university.

We take great pride in educating our student-athletes on making the proper decisions, using the right decorum, and when that doesn’t happen, it is extremely frustrating and embarrassing. We invest a significant amount of time and energy in bringing in guest speakers, psychologists, conflict resolution counselors and other experts to help them understand their role and responsibility in proper behavior.

Obviously we need to do more, we believe this is a societal issue and we want to continue to take the lead in addressing solutions to something that had been detrimental to our university and community.

We have to find a way to address these cultural issues with enhanced discipline, more extensive rehabilitation efforts and preventative measures that have to be heightened.