Yesterday, CU Buffs player Brandon Gouin was charged by the Boulder County Sheriff's Office for allegedly providing booze for a Boulder High senior campout that resulted in multiple alcohol-related hospitalizations and one arrest.
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In our post, we suggested that an apologetic statement issued by Gouin's attorney probably wouldn't help Gouin get back on the field, particularly in light of CU's sensitivity to bad PR in the wake of the so-called recruiting scandal of a few years back.
That's proven to be the case. Gouin has been indefinitely suspended from the team, with Coach Dan Hawkins declaring, "We established our philosophy of excellence on and off the field since arriving here and will continue to sustain our efforts. We will not tolerate any behavior that deviates from this philosophy."
Gouin Suspended Indefinitely
BOULDER -- University of Colorado junior linebacker Brandon Gouin has been suspended indefinitely from the football program due to his alleged involvement in an off-campus incident last week, athletic director Mike Bohn announced Monday.
Gouin was ticketed on suspicion of providing alcohol to an underage person, a class 1 misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Head coach Dan Hawkins issued the following statement Monday afternoon:
"Brandon and our team fully understand our standard of 'Excellence with Class.' We represent the entire CU family and community and take that responsibility very seriously. We vigorously educate our student athletes on a regular basis regarding the high standards we expect from our team members. Brandon will be disciplined accordingly. We established our philosophy of excellence on and off the field since arriving here and will continue to sustain our efforts. We will not tolerate any behavior that deviates from this philosophy."
In addition to team sanctions from the head coach and the athletic department, Gouin also faces a referral to the Office of Judicial Affairs, as well as whatever criminal penalties under the law. Each is considered separately and one is not dependent upon the other.
Gouin, 21, graduated from Boulder High School in 2007 and was admitted into the United States Air Force Academy. He transferred to CU after one semester and became a walk-on member of the football team. The 6-1, 220-pound inside linebacker saw action on special teams for the last six games of the 2009 season, where he assisted on one tackle and had two knockdown blocks.