Missouri Athletic Department Responses to Book Criticism

Posted: Sep 13, 2013 2:51 PM by Michelle Schuelke, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
Updated: Sep 13, 2013 9:39 PM

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COLUMBIA - "The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football," by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian hits bookstores Tuesday, Sept. 17. The Missouri athletic department issued a response after reviewing an advance copy of the book. KOMU 8 News has also requested an advance copy of the book.

One of the chapters in the book reportedly chronicles former University of Missouri tailback Derrick Washington's 2011 conviction for sexually assaulting a former tutor. The book also reportedly contains a quote from a prosecutor in Washington's case that said MU's tutoring program for athletes was a "sexually charged environment."

Washington was dismissed from the football program on September 1, 2010.

Mizzou Athletics administration said the department was not contacted by the book's authors.

Mizzou Athletics administration posted a statement on its website, "The allegations made toward the environment of our academic support program in this chapter were unfortunate. Although the authors isolate this small example from a much larger group which currently includes 520 student-athletes and approximately 150 tutors who do outstanding work in a professional and safe environment, we believe this was not and is not reflective of the culture of the academic program."

Washington served four months in prison for the sexual assault conviction.

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