CU expects a report on how it handled Tumpkin’s alleged abuse “in the coming weeks”

Leslie Gomez and Gina Smith, lawyers from the Philadelphia-based law firm Cozen O’Connor, spoke to the school’s Board of Regents for seven hours Monday.
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Former Colorado football coach Joe Tumpkin was charged with multiple counts of assault Tuesday. (Image via Flickr)

The public is going to have to wait a little while longer to learn the results of an investigation into how the University of Colorado handled domestic abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin.

Leslie Gomez and Gina Smith, lawyers from the Philadelphia-based law firm Cozen O'Connor, spoke to the school's Board of Regents for seven hours Monday. The group adjourned without making any major decisions, the Daily Camera reported.

"They presented an overview of their preliminary inquiry to the Board of Regents, and the Board engaged in an in-depth and unfettered discussion with them," the Board of Regents said in a statement. "At the conclusion of the meeting, the board asked Cozen O'Connor to prepare a report, which we will receive in the coming weeks."

Tumpkin's ex-girlfriend accused him of repeatedly physically abusing her starting in February 2015, according to a Sports Illustrated report. He “choked me, threw me up against the walls and bit me in the face," the woman told SI.

The woman reportedly told Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre about Tumpkin abusing her in a Dec. 15 voicemail. Despite that, MacIntyre gave Tumpkin more responsibility — allowing the defensive backs coach to call the team's defensive plays in the Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl game — before Tumpkin was finally suspended Jan. 6 and then asked to resign Jan. 27.

Tumpkin is charged with five counts of second-degree assault. He still hasn't had a hearing.

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