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To tame its hockey culture, BU has to confront Parker

The ostensible benefits of big-time college sports make it all too easy for university administrators to look the other way when jock culture gets out of control. Boston University officials did just that with the school’s hockey team for years, and are now starting to come to grips with the consequences. But unless longtime coach Jack Parker suddenly accepts the need for change — drastic change — the only way to fully cleanse the program would be for him to resign or be fired.

Six months ago, President Robert Brown convened a task force to assess the program in the wake of sexual violence charges against two players. The panel’s report this week portrays a campus where hockey players acted with impunity, and coaches and administrators failed to rein them in.

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