University of Missouri: Greg Rhodenbaugh Not ‘Cleared’ but Investigation Closed

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The University of Missouri is disputing that swimming coach Greg Rhodenbaugh was cleared of any violations of Title IX.

At the same time, the university is also claiming that Rhodenbaugh’s press release was “inaccurate and mischaracterized” the Title IX investigation and its findings, notably an assertion that Rhodenbaugh was “cleared.”

Athletic department spokesperson Nick Joos said that the Title IX office never issued a finding on the investigation, which is closed, according to the Kansas City Star.

The investigation involved alleged discrimination of female swimmers in the program after a complaint brought to the university by one of the swimmers.

Andrew Grevers replaced Rhodenbaugh, who served as Mizzou’s head swimming and diving coach since being named to the position on May 5, 2010, until being placed on administrative leave last October. In accordance with the terms of his contract, Rhodenbaugh was reassigned from his coaching position.

In an emailed press release sent to news outlets Monday, Rhodenbaugh says the investigation, originally reported by The Star, cleared him of Title IX wrongdoing.

“After a comprehensive, nine-month investigation of University of Missouri Head Swimming and Diving Coach Greg Rhodenbaugh for violations of Title IX involving alleged ‘team mismanagement’, the University officially closed the investigation last week without any findings of wrong-doing.”

Greg Anderson, Rhodenbaugh’s lawyer, said Missouri intentionally took its time with the investigation, which lasted nine months, in order to prevent him from talking to other Division I schools about potential coaching jobs, according to the Star.

The Star reports: Anderson said through a spokesperson that while Rhodenbaugh has not filed a lawsuit against the university, “he will take the steps necessary to protect his reputation from completely false allegations”.

4 comments

  1. Kay White

    Kathy Burnett

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    Old Noname AKA nick

    Justice will Prevail against the biased organization that is title 9!

  3. avatar
    Old Noname AKA nick

    Justice will Prevail!