Columbia Football Coach Resigns Following Abuse Allegations

According to a press release from Columbia's university president, head football coach Pete Mangurian, who has led the Columbia football team to 21 straight losses and was recently accused of ignoring concussion diagnoses and being physically abusive by 25 of his players, has resigned.

From the press release:

"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," said Bollinger. "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. We are committed to providing our dedicated student athletes with the best possible opportunities to succeed both on and off the field. So we will now look forward to completing consultant Rick Taylor's expert review of our football operations that will help us chart a new direction under a new coach."

Below is our post on Mangurian from yesterday.

Columbia Footballers: Coach Forced Us To Play Through Concussions

According to the Columbia Spectator, 25 members of the Columbia football team have sent a letter to the university president calling for the dismissal of their head coach, Pete Mangurian. Among other things, the letter accuses Mangurian of forcing concussed players to continue practicing and playing.

From the Columbia Spectator:

"Pete Mangurian has consistently denied the diagnoses of concussions," the letter stated. "There are several players who will speak to the fact that Mangurian told them to return to practice, that they are faking their concussions, and that they are being soft if they sit out for their concussion injury."

The letter, which has since reportedly been withdrawn, also accuses Mangurain of being physically abusive and once telling his players that the world would be better off without them:

In addition to blaming him for creating age-based rifts within the team and mishandling concussions, the letter accuses Mangurian of being physically abusive, alienating injured players, imposing drastic and unrealistic weight regimens, and delivering a particularly scathing speech after the team's 42-7 loss at Albany.

"You are terrible [expletive] people," Mangurian allegedly told his players after that game—the expletive had been edited out in the copy sent to Spectator by Jake Novak, 'CC 92 and editor of the blog CULions. "The world would be a better place without you."

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Columbia finished 0-10 this year, and the team's starting quarterback quit just five weeks into the season. Sounds like a fun football program!

[Spectator]

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