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Coach's E-Mail Mentions 'Sexual Conquests' of U. of Colo. Rape Accuser

University of Colorado (search) football coach Gary Barnett (search) sent his boss an e-mail asking "how aggressive should I be re; katie ... sexual conquests by her etc." after former player Katie Hnida (search) said she had been raped by a teammate.

Barnett's e-mail to athletic director Richard Tharp was among hundreds of pages of documents released Friday by an independent commission investigating recruiting practices at the university.

Barnett's lawyer said he had no comment. University spokeswoman Michele Ames also declined comment.

Barnett's e-mail is dated Feb. 17, the day that Sports Illustrated published a story quoting Hnida, a kicker, as saying she was raped by another CU player in 2000.

That was also the day Barnett told reporters, "It was obvious Katie was not very good. She was awful. ... Katie was not only a girl, she was terrible. OK? There's no other way to say it."

Barnett was suspended the next day for those comments and others attributed to him about another woman who said she was raped by a CU player.

Hnida, who now attends the University of New Mexico, had no comment Friday, said Greg Remington, a university spokesman.

The independent commission, established by the school's Board of Regents, is investigating allegations that the football program uses sex and alcohol to recruit promising athletes.

At least eight women since 1997 have accused players and recruits of rape, but no charges have been filed. The university has been sued in federal court by three of the women, who say it fostered a hostile environment in violation of federal law guaranteeing equal access to education.

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