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Timeline of Jett Duffey’s Title IX Sexual Assault. Via Avalanche-Journal’s Sarah Rafique:

  • April 16, 2016: date of incident
  • June 2016: victim reported to campus police (no specific date given)
  • August 12: Interview with Texas Tech Title IX
  • September 15: Title IX hearing
  • March 21, 2017: No-billed by Lubbock grand jury (no sufficient evidence to criminally prosecute the case
  • April 2017: Two-semester suspension (ended on August 23, 2017)

The only point of reference for something like this was the Duffey incident. Then head coach Kliff Kingsbury did not suspend or punish Duffey at all, it was the University that decided on the suspension and it was not until a full year after the fact the incident itself. I know that there are a lot of questions about what now head coach Matt Wells knew and what he did or did not do, but it appears that he did the same thing as Kingsbury did with Duffey. And as you may recall, Duffey threatened to sue Texas Tech for wrongful suspension, but Duffey eventually dropped that lawsuit. Anyway, the point of this is that Wells could have acted in the exact same manner as Kingsbury. Torrey Green was never arrested (he was never even questioned until months after the fact and after a story in the newspaper brought this to light) and I think the Title IX office for Utah State never actually did anything as well as the Logan Police Department and the North Partk Police Department until after the story ran in the paper.

You know the big takeaway, at least for me? This process of sexual assaults is clunky at best and even when the police are involved, sometimes absolutely nothing happens.

Now you get to answer the question for yourself, which is if we assume that both Kingsbury and Wells knew about the incidents, did they do anything wrong? They didn’t suspend the player, and in Texas Tech’s case, Duffey was never suspended by the football program, but by the university. It appears that Wells followed the same procedure as Kingsbury in that he allowed the university to make the decision, which for all I know, is the correct decision in their case. Based on Wells statement, that it is the Title IX’s office’s responsibility to investigate an allegation then I think that is correct.

The other difficult part here is that Title IX is something that I don’t have a clue about and how it is supposed to operate so from that perspective, I’m absolutely completely ignorant. I’d also add that I’m bringing this up not to disparage Duffey, but to gain some context of how a difference procedure also worked.

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