The head football coach of Pierce College, a community college in Los Angeles, promised housing to new recruits, but it was not quite what the recruits imagined.
Football coach Carlos Woods reportedly forced 30 players to live in a three-bedroom apartment and four additional students in the team’s locker room after failing to secure housing he promised recruits in the fall of 2018, according to the school’s student newspaper, The Roundup News.
Woods was placed on temporary administrative leave on Thursday while the school investigates the allegations.
“Los Angeles Pierce College has a proud tradition of providing intercollegiate competitive sports opportunities for our students in accordance with the established policies and procedures of the Los Angeles Community College District and the California Community College Athletics Association,” said Pierce College President Alexis Montevirgen. “The health and safety of our students is a primary concern of the College, our Chancellor and the Board of Trustees. Any allegations concerning employee misconduct or issues involving student safety are taken very seriously and will be thoroughly reviewed.”
Jose Cordova, a former player who moved from Orlando to Los Angeles to play for the team, said that Woods told him he would be among four or five players that would share a three-bedroom apartment and split the cost of the bills.
“He promised actual living space, and it ended up ebing like a camp/jail with how many people were living in that house,” he said. “Lines Woods had crossed would be 30 guys in a three-bedroom and almost half of his recruits wouldn’t pay rent and bils wouldn’t be paid.”
Cordova added eviction notices would pop up and that money Woods collected from the team for rent was not being used for that purpose.
When the players were ultimately evicted, Cordova texted Woods about the situation, and the head coach responded, “I feel it is best we go in different directions.”
Woods previously worked as the football coach at Gavilan College, where he and another coach were placed on administrative leave after similar violations in 2017, per SanBenito.com.