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Parker, BU and hockey culture questions

You don't get much bigger than Jack Parker in college hockey. But as the last few years of collegiate sports culture have demonstrated, being a beloved, winning coach doesn't guarantee immunity. Bu__parker

This week, the debate about the future of the Boston University men's hockey program continues after a public report was issued last week from an internal investigation into the school's hockey culture. The investigation came after accusations of sexual assualt were made against two players last year.

And the debate includes talk about what Parker's future role with BU will be. He already has left his post as executive athletic director -- a position which in part was to monitor team behavior. The 67-year old with 876 career wins was sharply criticized in the report by students, faculty and even some former players.

The most cited example of Parker's lax discipline came in descriptions of debauchery at Agganis Arena after BU won the 2009 national championship.

According to a report on "Parker told the task force he did not know much about the party beyond the fact that there was some drinking in the locker room. But two players and the athletics staffer said Parker found out about the party days after it occurred, reprimanded the team, and never informed administrators or campus police."

At the moment, Parker will still be behind the bench for the Terriers when they open the regular season at home against Providence on Oct. 13, but one of the most storied programs in college hockey has lost a lot of luster, and respect, over the last week.

*photo of Jack Parker from College Hockey News

-- Amy Moritz 


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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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