UConn is responding this morning to a CBSSports.com report in which a Filmamker/author Alan Donnes told America’s News Radio Network Tuesday that Mike Cerullo, a former New Orleans Saints quality control coach – and current program aide for the UConn football program – was a whistleblower to the NFL about the Saints bounty program or “Bountygate” as it’s being called nowadays, where Saints players earned bonuses for knocking opposing players out of the game.
Saints Coach Sean Payton has been suspended for the season and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been suspended from the league indefinitely with calls now for a lifetime ban.
Cerullo, who isn’t on the field for spring practice, has been unavailable for comment but the athletic department released a statement regarding the claims against him a short while ago.
“Neither Mike Cerullo nor the University will comment on this subject. This matter is only based on speculation by the media, which does not warrant comment,” Mike Enright, UConn’s athletic communications department head and football Sports Information Director said in an email this morning.
Cerullo played college football at Central Connecticut.
On Monday Payton’s appeal in the case was upheld by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.