Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Air Force to probe athletes' behavior

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Air Force Academy said Sunday it has begun an investigation into its athletic department.

The announcement comes in the wake of a report by the Colorado Springs Gazette that details widespread misconduct in violation of law and the academy's honor code.

The newspaper reported illicit drug use, sexual assaults and academic cheating between 2010-13 led to the dismissal of four football players, three men's basketball players, one women's basketball player and nine other cadets. Some received court martials and jail sentences.

Athletic director Hans Mueh said Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, the academy's superintendent, recently told coaches continued misconduct would put the school in a predicament like Penn State, where former football assistant Jerry Sandusky was convicted of child sexual abuse.

"(The coaches) still talk to me and say, 'I have never been chewed out like that before,' " Mueh said.

The report says the misconduct centered primarily around parties that included use of synthetic marijuana, excessive drinking and spiking beverages to incapacitate women. Staffs have been told if they ignore a recruit's problems or an athlete's misconduct, they will be fired, football coach Troy Calhoun said.

"If you're an enabler in any way, if you're tolerating, that's out of line," he said. "You're not going to work here."

Texas: Three potential starters — offensive lineman Desmond Harrison, receiver Daje Johnson and safety Josh Turner — will miss at least one game for rules violations, coach Charlie Strong said. Strong wouldn't disclose details other than to say the players broke the core values he stresses of honesty, treating women with respect, no guns and no drugs. Texas opens at home against North Texas.

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