“Stuff that is patently false gets circulated all the time at universities,” she said. “We’re a big place.”
The school faces a dilemma regarding Parker, who has coached the team for almost four decades.
According to both the public and the private report, Parker and his coaching staff were essentially given carte blanche for overseeing the team’s behavior. One team member said Parker “cares too much about hurting the important players’ feelings. . . . He’ll criticize, then apologize.”
Some BU administrators said they were frustrated that Parker had failed to notify them about the 2009 party and other potential disciplinary issues. Acting on the task force’s recommendation, the school has stripped Parker of one of his two titles, executive athletic director.
But Parker will continue as coach. He will earn the same salary, and there will be no further consequences for him, BU president Robert A. Brown said Thursday.
That is partly because the task force could not find any specific university rule that Parker broke in failing to relay information up BU’s chain of command.
The university also has its hands tied regarding the popular local bar T’s Pub, which is cited in the private report as “part of the problem” and as a place where hockey players until recently could drink for free without showing IDs.
Although BU officials have approached the bar’s owners with concerns, Morrison said, ultimately there is little they can do: “T’s is an independent business. We can’t manage them.”
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