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BU hockey coach should be fired

RE “BU’S hockey culture faulted: Report finds sense of ‘sexual entitlement,’ ” (Page A1, Sept. 6): I find it unbelievable that, after the task force report on the behavior of the Boston University hockey team behavior, Jack Parker was only asked to step down as executive athletic director but allowed to keep his position as men’s hockey coach.

He recruited these players, presumably judging not only their slap shot but the type of young men they were. As hockey coach, it was his responsibility to curb their sense of entitlement and moral lapses.

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The report suggests that he and his staff too often turned their heads when leadership, example, and discipline were needed.

Coaches in other, higher-profile positions, such as football coaches at Ohio State and Arkansas, have been asked to step down for what I consider less grievous offenses.

If BU really wants to show that hockey players are truly student athletes and examples of all the good that the university is, and not entitled hooligans, then they should fire Parker as coach.

Mike Porter


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