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Chicago - The arrest and eventual conviction of Dominic Cizauskas, a touted linebacker prospect who sexually assaulted a University of Wisconsin student during his official visit in December, sparked questions about how UW officials handle on-campus visits involving football recruits.
The No. 1 area of concern focused on the time recruits spend on campus supervised only by a current player, a host, rather than the coaches.
Cizauskas, an all-state performer from Mukwonago High School who gave an oral commitment for UW's 2014 freshman class, last month was convicted of third-degree sexual assault by a Dane County jury.
Based on interviews Tuesday with Big Ten coaches during the second day of the league's preseason meetings, UW's on-campus policies differ little if at all from other Big Ten programs.
The consensus among coaches interviewed:
Recruits follow an itinerary that includes time spent with coaches and academic advisers. However, recruits also spend time, generally on Friday and Saturday nights, with their host and away from coaches and parents if they make the trip.
"You have to have good hosts," said Maryland coach Randy Edsall, who is preparing for his first season in the Big Ten after competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference. "You have to understand the mission of what you're trying to accomplish.
"We want them with the host in settings away from the coaches because we're going to get information back. We ask our players: 'Does this guy fit in? Can he be a part of our team?'
"That to me is part of the evaluation process, having them with the players on their own to see how they interact and how they handle themselves."
Edsall acknowledged he has declined to offer a scholarship to a recruit based on feedback from a host. In one case, he rescinded a scholarship offer after receiving negative feedback from a host.
Purdue coach Darrell Hazell and Minnesota coach Jerry Kill acknowledged that as much as they educate their hosts and trust in their judgment, they fear getting a phone call in the wake of an incident.
"You just don't know what they're going to do," said Hazell, who served as an assistant at Ohio State from 2004-'10 and was head coach at Kent State in 2011 and '12 before moving to Purdue. "You trust in your guys that they make good decisions, but you don't know. We educate our guys...but you always have that little worry.
"It is part of the whole experience. They (recruits) have got to get away with our kids to ask them hard questions about our staff, about the program.
"You've got to trust them. You really do. But it doesn't take away the worry."
Kill began coaching in 1985 and is entering his fourth season with the Gophers.
"Do you worry about it?" he asked. "I worry about it with recruits or our own players because kids are kids. And they're going to go do things.
"We tell our kids to be careful. Ten seconds can change your life. A lot of times the parents come and that helps us."
According to Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, also entering his first season in the Big Ten, recruits appear before an academic oversight committee.
"It is a group of faculty members that interview every recruit that comes to campus on an official visit," he said.
Like Edsall, Flood said he has backed away from a recruit after an on-campus visit. The reason: The recruit's host reported to Flood he didn't think the player would be a good fit.
"We try vetting the process so we're not going to be surprised on an official visit," Flood said. "But I do tell the host that if you feel at the end of the visit that if this player isn't right for our culture I want to know it."
Coaches are prohibited by NCAA rules from talking publicly about a prospective recruit. Although Andersen didn't talk specifically about Cizauskas, he acknowledged Monday that UW likely would modify some aspects of its policy covering on-campus visits.
He declined to offer specifics, but UW hosts sign a form outlining they will not not consume alcohol or provide alcohol to a recruit during an official visit.
Then-freshman linebacker Leon Jacobs was Cizauskas' host. Jacobs testified during the trial he took Cizauskas to a party in a residence hall and there both individuals consumed four to five shots of rum before leaving for a party hosted by members of the track and field team.
Several coaches interviewed Tuesday stressed the most critical factor in avoiding an issue is to select a trustworthy host.
"It is more about educating your players on your team," Flood said. "This is about the process of choosing a university and a football program.
"This is not spring break."