UMass Amherst Football Practice Video Sparks Controversy

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    Former players petitioning school to stop what they call improper treatment of players

    (NECN) - A group of former University of Massachusetts Amherst football players are speaking out about a video showing the football program's unusual workouts.
    The video has been on YouTube for a while now.

         It shows UMass football players outdoors, squaring off against one another in wrestling and boxing competitions.
    The former players are circulating a petition calling for the coaching staff to stop what they call the improper treatment of the current players.
    A UMass official says the school is looking into the matter and that the well-being of the players is the top priority.