President Leahy Letter to Community Addresses Football Suspensions

(11-7-96) --The following letter to the University community was issued last night by Boston College President William P. Leahy, SJ.

Dear Member of the Boston College Family,

As we all know, Boston College and its football program have received a great deal of attention over the last several days. I write now to offer some of my thoughts about what has happened.

The findings of the District Attorney that certain football players have engaged in betting are regrettable and saddening. But there are rules and there are expectations in life, and the rules and expectations regarding this kind of behavior were well known to those who chose to violate them.

This has been a difficult and stressful time for all of us, but especially so for the student athletes, their families, the coaching staff, and the entire Athletic Department.

In my short time as president, I have come to know that Boston College is a strong institution. It is a warm and vibrant family of students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. For 133 years we have stood for principle and integrity. Boston College has been and remains committed to excellence in academics and athletics. We will continue on that path.

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