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Bawdy title celebration among details newspaper uncovers in Boston University task force reports

Details of the investigation into the culture of the Boston University men’s hockey team didn’t make the report that was made public on Wednesday.

The Boston Globe, however, obtained those not-intended-for-public-consumption items Thursday and published them Friday.

They include word of a bawdy Agganis Arena celebration of the team’s 2009 national championship and reports that Terriers players received free drinks at a campus-area bar, the newspaper reported.

The task force found that a “celebrity culture” exists among BU players and put forward 14 recommendations that included the elimination of coach Jack Parker’s dual position as executive athletic director.

But subcommittee reports were not included in the public release. Those details were reported Friday by the Globe.

Among those items reported by the newspaper from subcommittee reports:

• A post-national championship party at the Terriers’ Agganis Arena in 2009 included kegs of beer in the locker room showers and reports of guests shooting pucks on the ice naked and people having sex in the penalty box.

Boston University administrators and police weren’t aware of the party until the task force started investigating this year, the Globereported.

Parker originally said he had no knowledge of the party but later admitted he knew some players had been drinking in the locker room, according to the report.

• Documents obtained by the Globe also revealed that school officials contacted owners of T’s Pub, near Agganis Arena, about reports that it was offering players free drinks and not checking identifications.

A school official, however, told the newspaper that it had no jurisdiction over the establishment.

Offering free drinks to players could be a violation of the NCAA’s rules against providing student-athletes with extra benefits, defined as merchandise or services not available to the general public.

The school’s public report indicated that it found no evidence of major NCAA violations and no evidence that the issues were unique to Boston University.

• Some BU players had “the perception that they need not seek consent for sexual contact,” the Globe quoted the report as saying.

In one instance cited by the newspaper, a female student told the task force that a BU player shoved his hands down her pants at a party and didn’t remove them even while she was punching him. She said she didn’t report it to police because “that’s just what [BU hockey players] do,” according to the Globe.

The task force was assembled in March after two Terriers players were charged with sexual assault in a three-month span. Prosecutors dropped charges against Max Nicastro while Corey Trivino pleaded guilty to reduced charges of assault and battery.

• The subcommittee details also noted that some school administrators were frustrated that Parker didn’t let them know about the 2009 party, for which Parker admonished the team, the newspaper reported.

Parker, however, will not face any consequences other than being relieved of his executive athletic director title, school president Robert A. Brown told the Globe.

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  • A fan

    I have no doubt there was a rowdy celebration. What I do doubt however is people having sex in the penalty box. It’s cold on that ice…who can stay “up” in the cold?

    • A Canadian.


  • tooty fruity

    This article just invites crazy posts.

  • jungathaht

    Joking about such boorish behavior
    really isn’t funny. It is instead very sad.

  • HE Fan

    Again, another story similar to the Joe Paterno story; and everyone knows how that one ended. Just like Paterno ‘knew’ what was going on at Penn St, I’d be a fool to think that Coach Parker had ‘no clue’ as to what happened the night BU won the 2009 NCAA Championship, and celebrated at Agganis Arena; as The Boston Globe has stated.
    Coach Parker; wake up and take responsibility for the actions of your boys; RESIGN!

    • BU93

      I have issues with one element of the party story. Not that it happened. Not that things happened that shouldn’t have happened. Not that Parker eventually found out and didn’t report it. Merely that it was “the night BU won the 2009 NCAA Championship” as you state and most people believe. I know people outside of the east think that everything is close, but it’s a LONG ride from DC to Boston. So, no, it didn’t happen then, probably days later, hence Parker would only find out later.

      And if you think that is the worst part of the story, lots of coaches all over the NCAA sports would be resigning.

      • http://www.facebook.com/colin.thompson.5439 Colin Thompson

        I hate BU with all my heart. Unfortunately I have to agree with BU93 on this point it is a long ride from DC to Boston that means the party did not happen the night BU won the 2009 National Championship. I want to reiterate I despise and hate Boston University.

      • Afterfurtherreview

        Unless there is something I missed, the Globe article only says it was a late night party at Agganis, not that it was necessarily the night that they won the NCAA Championship.

    • AshamedBUAlum

      Similar to Paterno??? Are you serious? Not responding to a party-like atmosphere in the program is not akin to covering up rape and/or sexual abuse by a subordinate – not by a long shot. Parker may not have handled this well (and you could argue he could lose his job over this), but he did not a commit a frickin’ crime. At least Parker dismissed the felons on his team. Get a clue!

  • College Hockey Fan

    Parker is arrogant…. you can tell when you watch him being interviewed. The feeling of entitlement starts at the top with Coach Parker. BU needs to cut ties with him before it turns into another Penn State fiasco.

  • The Real Suture

    The only reasons half of North Dakota aren’t trying to transfer to BU right now are that they couldn’t meet the academic requirements, they haven’t finished their degrees in geography and won’t learn where Boston is until the end and because most of the BU drunken behavior involves fooling around with the other sex, and most of the UND incidents are guy on guy

    • Sioux fan

      ok then, some old school hate… Less funny but rather really sad. Go follow another sport… College hockey doesn’t need fans like you

  • maineiac
  • B.D.

    I can tell you how this will turn out. The NCAA politically correct forces will do the same thing to college athletes that my soldiers and I are forced to do now. Quarterly Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARP) training t hat is not only vapid but a massive time waster as well. We have to have two hours each quarter on this crap which is obviously a bone thrown to the PC set. If we did not get it after the first class, what makes them think we got it after the 20th?

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