Coach scandals elsewhere prompt UGA review

Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 7:08 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia is reviewing its monitoring policies about who can get in and out of athletic facilities in light of two recent child sex abuse scandals involving coaches at other universities.

“I wouldn’t say these are policy reviews, but we are doing some process reviews,” UGA President Michael Adams said Thursday in one of his periodic media briefings. “We have talked about ingress and egress in athletics.”

The accused child abusers in recent cases at Pennsylvania State University and Syracuse University were insiders, male coaches who had access to athletic facilities.

But Adams said he’s never heard a hint of that kind of abuse in the UGA athletic department or any other part of the university.

“I have dealt with sexual harassment here over the years,” he said. Adams couldn’t recall any sexual harassment cases from within the athletic department, however.

Answering another athletics-related question, Adams said UGA’s tailgaters have been well-behaved this year.

UGA eased its restrictions on pre-game partying on UGA’s North Campus this year, and fans returned, he said.

But they haven’t been littering or trashing the campus with tons of litter, as fans were doing a few years ago.

“Not only was the campus taken care of better, the participation in tailgating was up substantially,” Adams said.

After the 2009 season, when mobs of fans tailgating on North Campus left behind tons of litter, UGA imposed strict new rules on North Campus tailgating. UGA removed some of the restrictions this year.


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