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Dept. of Education coming to Michigan for review of sexual misconduct policy


The U.S. Department of Education is making its way to the University of Michigan to review the timeline from the investigation into the response to the Brendan Gibbons sexual misconduct incident. Gibbons was expelled in December although he was never charged by police because the alleged victim chose to seek punishment through the university’s administrative offices.

Michigan started using a new sexual misconduct policy in 2011 but it did not become the standard until last August. This is the likely explanation for why Gibbons, a kicker for the Wolverines, was allowed to remain on the football team and as a member of the university until last December, as the investigation had been going on for close to a year. According to a report, the university made a request to Ann Arbor police for documents related to the Gibbons case in October. He was expelled from the university two months later. The DOE began to inquire about the handling of the case back in February, according to a previous report.

This is similar to the recent investigation news relating to Florida State’s handling of the Jameis Winston investigation. Last week it was reported the Department of Education was heading to Tallahassee to review all cases of sexual misconduct at the university, and not just the Winston case. It is believed the DOE will compare and contrast how Florida State responded to the Winston allegations with other incidents not linked to student-athletes.

Colorado loses starting LB Kenneth Olugbode for 4-6 weeks

during the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 19, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.
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Colorado had already lost one starting inside linebacker to injury.  Now, the Buffs have lost another.

Kenneth Olugbode sustained an unspecified leg injury in the Week 5 loss to Oregon. As a result, Olugbode will miss 4-6 weeks.

At minimum, Olugbode will miss games against Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon State and UCLA, possibly returning for the Nov. 7 game against Stanford. Missing six weeks would see him miss the Stanford and USC games, returning, Nov. 21 vs. Washington State.

It’s going to be a big loss,” defensive tackle Justin Solis said according to the Denver Post. “It starts up front with us, the D-line. Not having K.O. out there is a huge loss, but it’s definitely something we accept as a challenge as a D-line. We’re going to step it up while he’s out.”

Olugbode had started all five games this season after starting all 12 games as a sophomore last season. Ryan Severson is expected to take his place in the starting lineup.

Dismissed Wolverine Logan Tuley-Tillman charged with three felonies

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Back on September 10, it was announced that Jim Harbaugh had dismissed Logan Tuley-Tillman for “conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student-athlete.”  Now we know what that unacceptable conduct was.  Allegedly.

Wednesday morning, is reporting, Tuley-Tillman was charged with three felonies stemming from a Sept. 4 incident in which he’s accused of filming a sex act with a woman without her knowledge. Tuley-Tillman was officially charged with two counts of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.

From the report:

Capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person is punishable by up to two years in prison, a fine of no more than $2,000, or both. Using a computer to commit a crime, in this case, would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a fine of no more than $5,000, or both.

The incident occurred in the 300 block of Catherine Street Sept. 4. Tuley-Tillman is accused of filming a portion of a sexual encounter with a woman without her knowledge and then transmitting it to his personal device without her permission, according to Ann Arbor police.

Tuley-Tillman was a four-star member of Brady Hoke‘s second-to-last UM recruiting class, rated as the No. 24 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Illinois.  He played in one game as a redshirt freshman last season, the season opener against Appalachian State.

This season, he had been listed as the No. 2 left tackle and played in the 2015 opener.