BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Canisius College athletics director Tim
Dillon and associate athletics director Marshall Foley have
resigned following an investigation into the hockey team's conduct
during a December road trip that left a hotel room damaged and a
Interim coach Clancy Seymour was reprimanded for not asserting
more control over the team.
The resignations were announced Wednesday by school president
Vincent Cooke, who called the behavior "completely unacceptable to
The school's investigation determined that team members visited
a Grand Forks nightclub after their game at the University of
North Dakota and continued drinking alcohol well into the morning
during a party in a student's room.
"One of the students, Jonathan Durno, a junior forward on the
team, was injured when he attempted a somersault on a bed and
crashed into a wall, breaking a picture and cutting his foot and
arm on the glass. The wounds required stitches," a statement by
Four players were suspended for two games in January, nearly a
month after the incident.
Cooke said the lack of an immediate response by athletic
department officials further compounded an already bad situation.
Dillon came to Canisius, an independent Catholic college, in
2000 and oversaw a period of major change, during which Canisius
dropped football and track and made numerous coaching changes.
"I am very proud of the progress we have made in Canisius
athletics over the past five years," Dillon said in a statement
released by the college. "We are currently enjoying our most
successful winter sports season and I hope that my resignation at
this time will allow the spotlight to be cast on our student
athletes and their successes."
Cooke said Canisius had self-reported an NCAA violation
involving the sequence of steps taken by the college to reimburse
the hotel for the damage. While Durno ultimately agreed to
reimburse the college, which was immediately charged for the
damages, Canisius allowed him to play in three games before he
established the repayment plan.