Last week the University of Michigan announced that their kicker Brendan Gibbons had been expelled from the school after violating the school's Student Sexual Conduct Policy.
The incident which saw the 22-year old reprimanded actually took place on November 22, 2009.
This led to questions directed at the Michigan athletic department, with many wondering why Gibbons had only been expelled four years after the original incident occurred.
So today Michigan head coach, Brady Hoke, released a statement in order to explain the schools position:
"Michigan Athletics has no influence over any part of a review of a potential violation of University's code of conduct - not the process, the investigation or the timing of the resolution," he explained.
He spoke in detail about the disciplinary process that the University of Michigan has in place to deal with issues such as the Gibbons case.
Gibbons was expelled on December 20, 2013 after receiving a letter explaining the situation, and accusations, the previous day. At the time coach Hoke announced the kicker would not be with the team for its bowl game because of family reasons.
And although the coach could not discuss the individual case in detail because of federal privacy laws and university policy he was keen to stress the emphasis the school's athletics program places on character development:
"We talk every day with out kids about the importance of character and integrity.
"It's something we take very seriously...That's why you get into this as a coach, to help young men grow and learn and mature."
"I've made clear our expectations, and our actions and discipline involving incidents in the past have reflected that.
"And those standards will not be compromised."
The Michigan Wolverines finished the season with 7-6 record.
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