The chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Philip P. DiStefano, was handed a 10-day suspension without pay on Monday as part of an investigation into allegations of domestic violence against a former assistant football coach, Joe Tumpkin. The Daily Camera reports that the university system’s Board of Regents also announced that the athletics director, Rick George, and the head football coach, Mike MacIntyre, would each make a $100,000 donation to an organization that combats domestic violence.
The announcement followed a board meeting on Monday during which Ken Salazar, the former U.S. interior secretary who was hired by the university to lead an investigation, presented a summary of the probe’s findings. According to The Daily Camera, Mr. Salazar said that “mistakes were made” but that there was no ill intent by administrators.
According to the newspaper, Mr. Tumpkin’s ex-girlfriend first informed Mr. MacIntyre of allegations against the assistant coach — including claims of severe beating and strangling — and Mr. MacIntyre then told Mr. George, who told Mr. DiStefano. Even though the woman told the head coach of the allegations several weeks before the team was slated to play in the Alamo Bowl game last December, the newspaper reported, the head coach still tapped Mr. Tumpkin to work during the game. He was suspended about one week after the bowl game.
“Some will say these disciplinary actions go too far,” said the University of Colorado system’s president, Bruce Benson, after the board meeting. “Some will say they don’t go far enough. Not everyone will be happy.”Return to Top