Although the task force brought in attorney Michael Glazier, a collegiate sports expert, to look into potential NCAA rule violations — and he found none — some sports fans nonetheless called for the NCAA to examine BU’s program more closely.
Several specifically noted the internal documents’repeated allegations that “until quite recently” athletes were allowed to drink at a local hangout, T’s Pub, for free, with no need to show IDs.
But the owners of the Commonwealth Avenue pub fought back, asserting in a statement that the bar has been under new management since November 2010, and that “the new ownership has never looked the other way to allow for underage drinking nor provided free alcohol to any student athletes.”
Since November 2010, the restaurant has incurred a few violations for serving alcohol to minors, according to city records, and it is facing an Oct. 2 hearing with the Boston licensing board over an incident in which employees allegedly assaulted a patron.
But Adam Hawk, a managing partner at T’s, said criminal charges related to that incident had been dropped. He added that the bar recently purchased a digital scanner to check IDs.
Hawk also disputed BU provost Jean Morrison’s statement to the Globe on Friday that the school had approached the bar with concerns.
However, the report Glazier provided BU officials regarding NCAA violations was based partly on interviews with the owners of T’s.
Dot Joyce, spokeswoman for Mayor Thomas M. Menino, said: “The mayor is confident that Boston University is taking appropriate internal steps to preventing this type of behavior in the future.”
Amid the imbroglio Friday, life for the hockey team went on. Even as the rest of the campus was debating its future, the program signed a prized teenage recruit.
Mary Carmichael can be reached at email@example.com. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Andrew Ryan of the Globe staff, and correspondents Zachary T. Sampson and Sarah N. Mattero, contributed to this report.