Friday, October 1, 2004
SID removes Reilly from media guide
DENVER -- Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly has been
yanked from a list of famous University of Colorado graduates after
making stinging public comments about the school's recruiting
Reilly, a 1981 CU graduate and nine-time National Sportswriter
of the Year award winner, had appeared in the football media guide
alumni list in other years but was dropped from the 2004 edition.
"When he is on TV talking about his class ring and how he is
embarrassed to have it, how could I include him?" CU sports
information director Dave Plati said. "I couldn't consciously keep
him in there. He went over the line."
Reilly also wrote a column in the February edition of Sports
Illustrated about former Colorado placekicker Katie Hnida, who
alleged a teammate raped her and that other players subjected her
to verbal abuse and harassment.
Three other women have filed lawsuits against CU saying they
were raped by players or recruits, but no sexual assault charges
have been filed. An independent panel concluded that poorly
supervised members of the football team had arranged sex and
alcohol for visiting recruits.
Reilly said CU's actions made him feel like a non-person in the
"It's not unlike early 20th century Russia, where suddenly you
no longer exist," Reilly said.