The University of Colorado's athletic department suspended Brandon Gouin indefinitely from the football team Monday, after the junior linebacker was cited for allegedly buying four kegs of beer for a Boulder High senior campout last week that drew 200-some minors.
In addition to the athletic department's punishment, Gouin must go before the Office of Judicial Affairs, which has the power to suspend or expel students from the university, according to CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard.
CU head coach Dan Hawkins said the football team represents the entire CU community, and the players and staff members take that responsibility seriously.
"We vigorously educate our student athletes on a regular basis regarding the high standards we expect from our team members," Hawkins said. "We will not tolerate any behavior that deviates from this philosophy."
Gouin's attorney, Dan Recht, made this statement in response to his client's citation: "Brandon is honored to play football at CU and deeply regrets if this unfortunate situation reflects negatively on CU or its athletic department. He has cooperated fully with the sheriff's investigation."
Gouin, a 21-year-old Boulder native, walked onto CU's football team in 2008 after transferring from the Air Force Academy, where he redshirted during his freshman season. He saw action on CU's special teams for the last six games of the 2009 season.
Gouin's suspension means he won't be allowed to play, practice or even work out with the team, according to department officials.
Boulder County sheriff's deputies ticketed Gouin on Friday evening -- two days after the senior campout -- on suspicion of providing alcohol to an underage person, a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Gouin, a former Boulder High quarterback, has a younger sibling at Boulder High and is suspected of supplying the campout with four kegs of Rolling Rock beer that he bought from Baseline Liquor on April 27, said sheriff's Cmdr. Rick Brough. About 200 Boulder High students took the kegs to a campsite in Gordon Gulch the following night, and things got out of hand -- six students were treated for alcohol-related problems, and one student was arrested, according to Brough.
Sheriff's deputies identified Gouin as a suspect after going around to area liquor stores and asking whether anyone had bought that brand and quantity of beer around the time of the campout, Brough said.
On the night of the campout, deputies spent the night monitoring the site, off Colo. 72 between Nederland and Ward, because of the large number of students and the inclement weather that was moving in.
Three students were taken by ambulance to Boulder Community Hospital for alcohol-related health concerns, and three more students were taken to the Alcohol Recovery Center.
One student, Tatiana Christofferson, 18, was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and released to her parents after deputies said she struck another girl twice and tried to push someone into a campfire, according to Brough.
Boulder High administrators are planning to meet with sheriff's deputies to discuss ways to deal with the campout tradition next spring, said Boulder High Principal Kevin Braney. Although Braney said he can't discuss details of student discipline, some seniors are being punished.