Woes continue for NU wrestling

August 26, 2008

Another NU wrestler was arrested on Sunday morning and is accused of aggravated battery.  Romero J. Cotton, who is listed on the NU wrestling roster as a 185-pound freshman, allegedly attacked his mother’s 45 year-old boyfriend who suffered facial fractures and an injury to his spine.  The assault occurred in Hutchinson, Kansas–Cotton’s hometown.  The victim was hospitalized as of Monday and is listed in fair condition.

In a statement to The Hutchinson News, NU wrestling coach Mark Manning said, “We’re aware of it.  We’re on top of it and we’re handling it. Other than that, I don’t have any comment.”


Romero J. Cotton

Romero J. Cotton

Cotton stakes claim to 4 state wrestling championships from his high school career and was also a stand-out football player for Hutchinson High School.  Cotton was set to wrestle for NU on scholarship.


For up to $2,500, one college student struggled to turn down Fratmentv.com

August 24, 2008

The Scarlet Project received the following unsolicited email from a man who claims to have been contacted by Fratmentv.com in 2006–the same website on which NU wrestlers Paul Donahoe and Kenny Jordan were recently discovered.  This young man, who wishes to remain anonymous, describes his encounter with and reaction to his contact with Fratmentv.com below.  For our purposes we will call this man “Joe”.  “Joe’s” story is posted below with his permission.


From “Joe”:  My On-line Encounter with the ‘Fratmen’ website.

A college friend of mine who currently coaches wrestling at a prep school in New England just told me about the Husker wrestler Fratmen business.  He remembered that I had been approached by Fratmen.  So before everyone rushes to judgment on these guys, I would like recount for you my own encounter with the ‘Fratmen’ webmasters:
It was two and a half years ago.  They sent me a message on MySpace, telling me that they thought I was very good looking and asking if I’d ever considered a modeling career.  I looked at their MySpace page, and got an idea of the sort of ‘modeling’ to which they were referring.  I told them that I probably wasn’t interested in posing naked, and definitely was not interested in doing anything sexual.  I was straight, was planning on applying to medical school, and was afraid of it coming back to bite me in the butt at some point.  They tried to put my concerns to rest.  All of their models were straight, and none to date had had any problems with being spotted on-line by friends, family, etc, as the site’s patrons were mostly gay men who liked to watch straight athletes masturbate.  They offered me $1,500 dollars, plus hotel and round trip airfare to Los Angeles.

I have to admit I was tempted.  It was the middle of winter, I was stuck in northern New England, and an all-expense paid weekend in sunny LA alone sounded pretty sweet.  The money would be nice, too.  Maybe make a stop in Tahoe or Park City on the way home.  So I told them I’d think about it.  I mentioned it to a couple of friends who agreed they’d be tempted, too.  We had a good laugh, and then I just forgot about it.

About two or three weeks later, I received a follow-up message from Fratmen.  They wanted to know if I was still interested in modeling.  They were very interested in me.  They sweetened the pot: this time I think they were offering $2,500 (‘more than we’ve paid anyone else!’) They also added something along the lines of our site’s subscribers include lots of college girls.  Several of our models report that they have become very popular with the ladies after appearing on Fratmen!  I immediately recalled what they had previously said about their clientèle being primarily gay men, and pointed out this inconsistency in my reply.  I never heard from them again. 

The way I see it, there are three points that need to consider with regard to Kenny Jordan’s and Paul Donahoe’s misstep: 1) the Fratmen webmasters stalk web sites like MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, etc. looking for athletic, good looking, impressionable college guys, 2) they make misrepresentations calculated both to lull potential models into a sense of false security regarding their privacy and to appeal to their egos, and 3) they are very persistent.  I have no problem believing that these boys were duped as they claim to have been.

These guys did a stupid thing.  They saw a little green, and their wallets got the better of their judgment.  But college guys routinely do stupid things and let their judgment fly out the window.  Spend some time at Dartmouth Winter Carnival and you will witness the allegedly Best and Brightest of them engaging in acts so spectacularly bone-headed as to make jerking off for a soft core porn site seem as harmless as making a mud pie!  Seriously, these guys did not commit date-rape, nor were they involved in a vehicular homicide secondary to DWI.  The way I see it, they are the principal victims here.

I never wrestled myself, but I have friends who did, saw how hard they trained, and can only imagine the level of dedication required of an athlete to compete in the sport at the Division I level.  These two guys obviously love it: wrestling is their life.  Perhaps they are so focused that they are naive in the ways of the world — and thus perfect targets for the predatory ‘rush’ of ‘Fratmen’.



Editor’s Note:  The Scarlet Project has received numerous emails from readers who have indicated that images of Paul Donahoe have recently been removed from the Husker Wrestling Booster Club’s website, http://www.huskerwrestling.com.  Photo albums removed include one entitled “Paul Donahoe, 2007 Champion”.  One Scarlet Project reader commented “That’s more than a little Orwellian. If this had been a regular scandal and not a “gay wrestler” scandal, do you really think Nebraska would have not only kicked him off the team but tried to wipe out all visual images of him as well?”

As Construction On Campus Heats Up, Are Students Being Left In the Dust?

August 13, 2008

If you have been on campus at all this summer you no doubt have noticed a bit more dust and a lot more construction on campus. The Abel/Sandoz renovations, the Physical Sciences Building, the new astro turf fields behind Henzlik and soon, breaking ground in September, the Culture Center next to the Union.


The only project to not be funded almost solely by student fees is the new Physical Sciences building, funded by the Unicameral. (Housing is a department independent of of state funding so it passes its costs on to the students in room and board… essentially a student fee increase) While we appreciate the Unicameral’s generosity of the Physical Sciences building one must and should ask why so many student “life” building projects such as the rec fields, Culture Center* and these proposed major renovations to the Rec itself, are funded almost solely by student fees?


Granted, while high tech and modern academic buildings are important to attracting students. It is only half of the equation for attracting students to campus, so are important student facilities such as the Rec center and Nebraska Union (Culture Center). Should these projects be funded almost solely by student fees with no support from the state?


It also remains to be seen how much the large expansion to the Nebraska Union called the Culture Center will actually be dedicated to culture center activities, or whether a large amount of its space will be used for just general space, such as “Volleyball Club” organizational meetings…. Something that is also in serious need as popular meeting nights fills up all available space in the Nebraska Union.


Regardless, it is a step in the right direction to have a large Culture Center built on campus.


The University has done a great job attracting and recruiting students. It would be wise not scare them away with soaring student fees and little state support for the many facilities that attract them.


*While a large sum of money was donated to the culture center, it will still result in a significant student fee increase. 

Antelope Valley Construction Anticipated to Create Traffic Problems During Student Move In

August 13, 2008

With the vast majority of students moving in this next week we have received reports that administration is concerned with abnormal traffic issues on campus during move in.


Only one lane will  be available on 16th street near the Physical Sciences construction and a new median will be being constructed by 17th and Y that will direct traffic only to the right.

NU Wrestling Coach releases statement

August 9, 2008

In response to photos obtained by The Scarlet Project which depict the involvement of two UNL wrestlers, Paul Donahoe and Kenny Jordan, in a pornographic photo and video production, on Saturday NU head wrestling coach Mark Manning released the following statement:

NU Wrestling Coach Mark Manning

NU Wrestling Coach Mark Manning


“We are aware of the matter and it is being reviewed internally.  We will have no further comment until all of the facts of the situation are known.”

National Champion wrestler bares all on gay porn website

August 9, 2008

The Scarlet Project has obtained photos from an anonymous source of University of Nebraska 125-pound national champion wrestler and 133-pound wrestler Kenny Jordan depicted on a gay pornographic website. Both video and photo, capture the duo undressing, showering and masturbating, among other graphic actions, for the website fratmen.tv. According to its licensing, fratmen.tv is based out of Los Angeles, CA.

Paul Donahoe

Paul Donahoe

Donahoe, 22, is a senior from Davison, Michigan and has been a stand-out on the Husker wrestling team. Donahoe was arrested in April, 2008 after becoming “argumentative” and refused to break up a party being held at his residence on Claremont Street in Lincoln. Lincoln Police took Donahoe into custody and charged him with maintaining a disorderly house. His blood alcohol level tested at .122. The legal limit to drive in Nebraska is .08.

Kenny Jordan

Kenny Jordan

Jordan is a junior from Frankfurt, Illinois. Jordan is a two-time state wrestling champion in the state of Illinois and also a national junior college 133-pound wrestling champion.

Neither the University of Nebraska Athletic Department nor the NCAA could be reached for comment as of Friday evening.  NCAA violations may have occurred and dismissals from the team could be forthcoming.


The photos obtained by The Scarlet Project are posted below. Some editing has been done due to the graphic nature of the photos.







Frat Recruiter Lives It Up, Old School Style

July 19, 2008

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Sigma Phi Epsilon recruitment chairman, Alex Allemang, was arrested shortly after 3:00am on Thursday, July 17th–running naked through a north Lincoln neighborhod! Allemang, who was apparently celebrating his 21st birthday, allegedly was heard shouting loudly into his phone, then stripped his clothes and ran down the street in the upscale development near 17th and Humphrey streets in northwest Lincoln. Allemang continued his bare-ass run when police arrived. A K-9 unit was called to the scene to track Allemang who was later found hiding behind a home a few blocks away. He was apparently still without clothing. (Flashback to Will Ferrell’s infamous streaking incident in the popular movie “Old School”.)

Allemang found himself jailed and ticketed with the following offenses: indecent exposure (duh!), failure to comply, disturbing the peace and trespassing.

The Scarlet Project has obtained Allemang’s LPD mug shot. Fortunately, he appears to have been provided with a stylish blue jail scrub outfit.

No word from Sig Ep on Allemang’s position as recruitment chairman.