University of Colorado regents will not approve the three-year, $16.125 million extension the school awarded head football coach Mike MacIntyre while the results of an investigation into the handling of former assistant coach Joe Tumpkin’s alleged domestic abuse are pending.
The CU Board of Regents is postponing the vote of approval on the extension until investigators can sort out how MacIntyre and other university officials acted after becoming aware that Tumpkin allegedly abused his ex-girlfriend, Sarah Kuta of the Boulder Daily Camera reported Monday.
MacIntyre has been scrutinized since a Sports Illustrated story earlier this month revealed that Tumpkin was allowed to keep coaching for nearly a month after MacIntyre was made aware of some of the allegations.
Tumpkin’s ex-girlfriend spoke to MacIntyre over the phone on Dec. 9 and said that Tumpkin had repeatedly abused her over a two-year period according to SI. The next week, MacIntyre announced that Tumpkin, the safeties coach, would replace Jim Leavitt, who accepted a job at Oregon, as Colorado’s defensive coordinator in the Alamo Bowl.
“That’s when I really knew that I was alone,” Tumpkin’s ex-girlfriend told SI.
Tumpkin’s ex-girlfriend alleged he choked, bit and pushed her up against a wall in separate incidents that began in February 2015. She was granted a temporary restraining order against him Dec. 20. Colorado did not place Tumpkin on administrative leave until Jan. 6. On Jan. 27, Colorado announced Tumpkin would resign at the school’s request.
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