AURORA, Colo. -- University of Colorado Regent Jim Martin
said Tuesday he has hired a lawyer amid reports a grand jury has
concluded the regents are "unqualified" to supervise the
embattled football program.
Martin, who did not seek re-election this year, said he
consulted with Attorney General Ken Salazar's office and decided to
hire his own counsel. He would not elaborate.
The comments came as six regents met privately for four hours to
discuss the report with CU President Elizabeth Hoffman, CU-Boulder
Chancellor Richard Byyny and chief legal counsel Charles Sweet. A
university spokeswoman said officials had no comment.
Martin did not attend and he declined comment, saying he would
face criminal contempt charges if he discussed the report.
Nine women since 1997 have accused football athletes of rape,
but no charges have been filed. Three of the women have sued the
school in federal court, claiming their rights to an education were
violated. Regent Cindy Carlisle, whose husband represents one of
the women, recused herself from the meeting Tuesday and said she
would read the grand jury report after it becomes public.
The grand jury began investigating in May whether Colorado's
football program used sex and alcohol to lure recruits.
The panel, which finished meeting Aug. 19, handed up an
indictment accusing former football recruiting aide Nathan Maxcey
of soliciting for a prostitute for himself. Former call girl Pasha
Cowan has said Maxcey paid her $2,500 for three call girls to visit
"very young, very athletic men" at Boulder-area hotels, though
Maxcey has said any solicitation was for him.
The regents earlier convened a commission that concluded
university officials could have done a better job overseeing the
athletics department, but found no evidence they condoned
misconduct. The grand jury has reportedly reached the same
conclusions while singling out Boulder campus Chancellor Richard
Byyny, athletics director Dick Tharp and football coach Gary
Barnett for criticism.
Salazar's spokesman, Ken Lane, said the office does not discuss
grand jury procedures.