2006: Strip club visit sidelines coach, 7 players
Colorado senior Edward McGlasson finished fourth April 8 after a final-round 76 at The Intercollegiate in Cary, N.C. The last thing on his mind was celebrating. The last time his team had celebrated, it led to a suspension of seven players and interim coach Brad Neher.
Although McGlasson shot 64-70-76 for a 210 total at McGregor Downs Country Club and finished eight shots behind Duke’s Ryan Blaum, he was alone while collecting his sixth consecutive top-10 finish. The rest of the team was home in Boulder serving a one-tournament suspension for violating team rules after visiting a San Francisco-area strip club following a victory March 28 at the CU-Stevinson Ranch Invitational.
The suspended Buffaloes were freshmen Diego Munoz, Finlay White and Derek Tolan; sophomores Jim Grady and Pat Grady; junior Ryan Anderson; and senior Kenny Coakley. All are eligible for the Texas A&M Invitational April 15-16 in College Station, Texas.
Athletic director Mike Bohn met with Neher April 4 and assured him that he would keep his interim post through the end of the season. Three days later, Bohn met with team members to hold an open forum. The team supported Bohn’s decision to keep their coach.
Neher took over as interim coach in January following longtime coach Mark Simpson’s death in December. Neher, who played for Simpson from 1992-94 and served six years as an assistant under him, could not be reached for comment.
The suspended players issued an apology through the school’s media relations department April 7, saying, “The seven of us are deeply sorry for the events that took place last Tuesday evening in San Francisco. Unfortunately, we can’t change what happened, and we are embarrassed by the situation and the publicity it has brought the University of Colorado. We made a mistake in judgment, and we are paying the price.
“Coach Mark Simpson always held us to high standards, and always taught us to carry ourselves with dignity and integrity in an exemplary fashion. We do not want this one incident to tarnish his memory or what he stood for. . . . We promise that we have learned from it and will make sure this type of situation never occurs again.”
– Staff and wire reports