A day after it was revealed some 25 members of the Columbia Lions football squad had written a letter to the school’s administration accusing head coach Pete Manugrian of pressuring players to take the field with concussions, Mangurian has resigned writes the Columbia Spectator’s Eli Schutlz :
“I have accepted Pete Mangurian’s resignation because we have all come to the conclusion that it would be in the best interests of Columbia Athletics,” the release said. “Under Dianne Murphy, Columbia teams have built a new winning tradition across our men’s and women’s sports and we expect no less of our football program.”
The resignation came after Mangurian was accused of disregarding player safety in a since-withdrawn letter 25 players sent to Bollinger, Board of Trustees Chair Jonathan Schiller, CC ’69, Law ’73, and Board of Trustees Chair Emeritus Bill Campbell, CC ’62, TC ’64. The letter also alleged that Mangurian physically and verbally abused players.
The University also released a statement Friday regarding accusations that Mangurian encouraged players to play through concussions.
“The University routinely reviews complaints and concerns raised by students, even those that have been withdrawn,” the statement read. “While we don’t generally comment on specific cases under review, it is essential to note that Columbia adheres to a strict medical protocol regarding head injuries for all sports teams and our investigation has found no evidence to support an allegation of a departure from that protocol with our football players.”