AF Academy investigating athletic programs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The Air Force Academy says it has launched an investigation of its athletic department and is demanding more accountability from coaches after the Colorado Springs Gazette reported allegations of athlete misconduct and lax oversight.

Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, the academy's superintendent, released a statement Sunday acknowledging "troubling" behavior by some athletes and other cadets. She cited a 2011 party that eventually led to courts-martial and expulsions of several cadets, some for sexual misconduct.

Johnson told The Gazette ( ) that the academy's inspector general's office will look into the athletic department to determine whether sports programs promote the academy's ideals.

Johnson also says the academy has established new recruiting standards for its preparatory school, which helps athletes and other potential cadets meet the institution's admission requirements.

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