BOULDER, Colo. -- At least two University of Colorado
regents advocate giving a multiyear contract to President Betsy
Hoffman, despite controversies swirling around the football program
and her own comments in a deposition.
"Would I be in favor of golden handcuffs for President Hoffman?
You bet I would," said Pete Steinhauer, chairman of the regents,
an elected board that oversees the university.
"Golden handcuff" contracts are designed to discourage key
employees from leaving.
Currently, Hoffman serves at the pleasure of the regents,
earning $400,000 a year.
Regent Susan Kirk also supported a long-term contract and said
it has been discussed informally for a long time.
"I feel we have the strongest university leadership in the
country," she said Wednesday.
The regents have not scheduled formal talks on the idea.
Hoffman was criticized last week for refusing to condemn a
vulgar anatomical reference allegedly used to describe a female
football player who says she was raped by a teammate.
Hoffman's comments came in a deposition in a lawsuit filed by
three women who say they were sexually assaulted by football
Hoffman said the term was a "swear word" and that its meaning
depended on the circumstances in which it was used.
The lawsuit triggered a scandal over CU football recruiting
practices, including allegations that football athletes assaulted
nine women during drunken parties. No criminal charges have been
filed, but the school made sweeping changes to its athletics