College football coach forced us into apartment hell: player
A football coach in California is accused of charging players up to $400 to live in an off-campus apartment packed with as many as 30 athletes – and allowing four students to live in the team’s locker room this semester.
Carlos Woods, head football coach at Los Angeles Pierce College, was placed on temporary administrative leave Thursday as administrators conduct an investigation into the allegations first detailed Wednesday by the school’s student newspaper, The Roundup News.
“He promised actual living space, and it ended up being like a camp/jail with how many people were living in that house,” former player Jose Cordova told the outlet. “Lines Woods had crossed would be 30 guys in a three-bedroom and almost half of his recruits wouldn’t pay rent and bills wouldn’t be paid.”
Cordova said Woods ensured that housing would be provided to him along with other new and returning players at the community college, but he was later evicted and at one point had to live on the streets, he said.
“A lot of us were out-of-state kids, stressing every day if the water or power was going to get cut off or if our items would be outside the house of the eviction,” Cordova said. “The most stressful time I ever had.”
Cordova ultimately confronted Woods when he realized something was off, only to get kicked off the team, he said.
“I feel it is best we go in different directions,” Woods texted Cordova, according to the report.
The students were evicted because Woods didn’t pay rent, despite charging some of his players up to $400 per month, current and former players told the newspaper.
Separately, at least four athletes were living in an on-campus locker room at the Woodland Hills college as recently this semester after their living accommodations didn’t materialize, according to the players who asked not be identified.
Woods was also heard on a recording provided to the newspaper by one of his players urging the student-athletes to shower at a campus gym to cut down on a $3,000 water and power bill. The coach also offered to call the players’ parents to ask for rent money, according to the recording.
The coach, whose resume includes previous positions with the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts, declined comment when asked about the allegations.
He’s also accused of allowing three ineligible players to play and recruited out-of-state athletes, a violation of the California Community College Athletic Association bylaws, according to the report.
Woods has been placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation as the team searches for a new head coach, Pierce President Alexis Montevirgen told the student newspaper.
“Coach Carlos Woods has now been placed on temporary Administrative Leave, effective today, pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations that were brought to my attention this week,” Montevirgen said. “We hope to name an acting head coach for the football team within the next few days.
“I cannot emphasize enough that the safety of our students must remain a top priority for all of us. Meanwhile, please also join me in continuing to support our football team and all of our student athletes. As additional updates become available, I will keep you informed.”
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