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COLORADO STATE COACH ADMITS BREAKING RULES, HITTING PLAYERS
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COLORADO STATE COACH ADMITS BREAKING RULES, HITTING PLAYERS

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Earle Bruce, fired as Colorado State football coach, admitted committing NCAA violations and punching players.

Bruce said he violated rules about days off for players and offseason coaching, according to a story in the Coloradoan on Thursday. The school cited rules violations as a reason for his firing on Monday.``I've never had one in 20 years of coaching,' Bruce was quoted as saying about rules violations. ``I'm a rules guy, but I will take full responsibility for those.'

University officials said Bruce punched at least nine players ``with a closed fist in unprotected areas of their bodies.'

``But I don't think I ever hit anyone hard enough to hurt them,' Bruce was quoted as saying.

Colorado State claimed Bruce breached his contract and said it would not pay the $180,000 remaining on his contract.

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