Hazing used to be something that sort of came with the territory if you played sports in high school or college before the tides began to turn. Nowadays, virtually every school in existence has very strict anti-hazing rules in place, although it appears more than a few members of the football team at the University of San Diego have failed to follow them.
Over the past year, there have been multiple college programs rocked by hazing scandals, including one involving the football team at Northwestern and another stemming from some worrying accusations levied by members of the women’s hockey team at Harvard.
The men’s basketball team at New Mexico State was also forced to cut its season short after some incredibly disturbing allegations surfaced in the midst of its 2022-23 campaign, and it looks like another program could also be facing a similar fate based on a recent report.
According to KNSD, “nearly half” of the players currently on the roster for the University of San Diego Toreros (an FCS squad that competes in the Pioneer Football League) are facing disciplinary action after being accused of participating in hazing during training camp.
As things currently stand, no details have surfaced concerning the nature of the hazing that head coach Brandon Moore was reportedly made aware of midway through August.
University of San Diego President Dr. James Harris released a letter stating he believes no players were physically harmed but stressed the school has a zero-tolerance policy in regard to hazing and that any players who are found culpable in the investigation it’s currently conducting could be hit with an indefinite suspension.
While Harris said the Toreros plan to play their season opener against Cal Poly on September 2nd, you have to wonder if they’ll be able to complete their full slate when everything is said and done based on just how many players are currently facing potential discipline.