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Barnett put on paid leave

DENVER -- Colorado football coach Gary Barnett was placed on paid administrative leave last night over comments he made after a former player alleged she was raped by a teammate four years ago.

School president Elizabeth Hoffman said Barnett had made "unacceptable" comments about former kicker Katie Hnida.

"They were extremely inappropriate and insensitive," Hoffman said.

Barnett later apologized "for answering that question in a manner where I must have come across as insensitive."

Hnida, one of the first women to play college football, made her allegations Tuesday.Barnett said he knew of no one who could support her claim. Asked why she left Colorado after the 1999 season, he didn't respond to the allegation, but said: "Katie was not very good. She was awful. Katie was not only a girl, she was terrible."

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