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Big Ten update: New reports from Northwestern football hazing scandal suggest it goes far deeper

More new reports from the Northwestern football hazing scandal.



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Nov 21, 2015; Madison, WI, USA; Northwestern Wildcats football logo prior to the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Northwestern won 13-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Northwestern football hazing scandal has rocked the world of Big Ten football, further proving that anything can happen at any program in the nation. Following the firing of long-time Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald, it appeared that the bleeding was starting to stop; however, new reports suggest otherwise. According to these reports, this scandal goes much deeper than the football team — perhaps even reaching the university president.

More details regarding the Northwestern football hazing scandal

A number of former Northwestern players have hired lawyers and are now suing the school over the Northwestern football hazing scandal, which has been well-documented thus far following allegations from a former player. Many believed that the allegations would cease when former head coach Pat Fitzgerald was fired; however, recent reports indicate otherwise. Today, it was reported that this team of lawyers believes the scandal runs far deeper than the football program — possibly involving the university president.

“One coach isn’t responsible for this. It’s the athletic department, maybe even the president, who allowed this to happen,” stated one of the lawyers, as reported by The Athletic senior writer Chris Vannini.

Furthermore, reports confirm that lawyers have uncovered similar issues outside of the football program, specifically within the cheerleading, baseball, softball, and volleyball programs. In addition, former Northwestern quarterback Lloyd Yates spoke out against the program earlier today, stating, “We were physically and emotionally tormented, and some players even contemplated suicide as a result.”

Finally, it has been confirmed that the victims of the Northwestern football hazing scandal go back as far as 2013, involving multiple Northwestern athletes, including members of the football team.

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