Duck football recruits will not face ‘fear and intimidation’


HAYS recruiting director Mike Hays told The Hill on Wednesday that his agency will not be taking any students out of the Duck football recruiting program.

“We have no plans to do that,” Hays said in a statement.

“We do not believe the school’s actions will be tolerated and we will continue to fight for students to return.”

A spokesman for the school, Todd C. Miller, declined to comment.

In a letter sent Tuesday to all members of the Hays Board of Trustees, Miller said Hays will take steps to prevent other school officials from recruiting students from other schools and would suspend all Hays personnel.

Hays also will take the necessary measures to ensure students do not participate in any activity that might promote a negative or discriminatory attitude toward any group of people, including race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, and political affiliation, Miller wrote.

He said Hates will conduct a formal investigation into Hays actions.

Hates is the largest private school in the state of Kentucky.

Its president, Steve Cairns, said in the letter that he plans to resign from his position as president effective April 1.

Cairns also said he intends to suspend the Hakes board of trustees effective March 1, and that he will resign as the university’s president effective March 14.

Kentucky is the fifth-largest in the country.

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