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Former University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear alleges in a lawsuit that Chuck Staben, the school’s president from 2014-19, launched a “smear campaign” that ultimately led to Spear’s termination.
The school also announced that Mairin Jameson has pledged to work with UI athletic director Terry Gawlik to improve the culture in the department.
Former University of Idaho athletic director Rob Spear has landed a new job in East Idaho.
Former diver Mairin Jameson sued the University of Idaho in federal court this week, seeking monetary damages for the university’s mistakes in
For interim athletic director Pete Isakson, the prevailing rationale for his return to the University of Idaho in February of 2017 was pretty simple.
The loss of Rob Spear as University of Idaho’s athletic director is surprising and devastating.
On Thursday, Idaho’s state board of education finally cut loose University of Idaho athletic director Rob Spear after lots and lots of investigation and risk assessment and hand-wringing. And presumably even some empathy for the women both he and the university failed, and for those afraid they’d be failed again.
The Idaho State Board of Education Thursday morning fired University of Idaho athletics director Rob Spear. The action concludes a four-month administrative leave for Spear. He was suspended by UI president Chuck Staben in April following complaints from two former Vandals women athletes that Spear five years prior did not appropriately address the fact they had been sexually harassed and in one case inappropriately touched by a former UI football player.
It has been quite a year at the University of Idaho – roiled by sudden leadership changes and a thorny transition in the football program.
A long-awaited report on the University of Idaho’s handling of sexual assault and harassment complaints five years ago contained no startling new information and offered conclusions that have been debated on the Moscow campus since this spring.
For the second time in a month, the Idaho State Board of Education met in a lengthy executive session on Friday in Boise to discuss the fate of Idaho athletics director Rob Spear.
Rob Spear was placed on a 60-day administrative leave in April by Idaho President Chuck Staben following social media accounts early this year from two former Vandals women athletes. The accounts said that five years earlier Spear did not adequately address their complaints that a former UI football player had harassed them and in one instance inappropriately touched one of the women.
Uncertainty over the future of University of Idaho’s athletics remains ongoing after the UI announced Thursday it was indefinitely extending the administrative leave of athletics director Rob Spear.
The Moscow Police Department disclosed that a University of Idaho student athlete was accused of sexual assault last year, contradicting a statement by the athletic director that his department has not had any recent issues with sexual assault.
In a Wednesday night meeting that lasted more than three hours, the Associated Students of the University of Idaho Wednesday approved a resolution calling for the resignation of athletics director Rob Spear following his acknowledgment that he and others at the UI mishandled sexual assault and harassment complaints by a former Vandals diver and a cross country runner against a former football player in 2013.
One day before an Associated Students of the University of Idaho vote on whether athletics director Rob Spear should be fired, UI president Chuck Staben announced he is placing Spear on a 60-day administrative leave, effective immediately.
As the Associated Students of the University of Idaho listened Wednesday night to testimony about a resolution they will vote on next week calling for the firing of Vandals athletics director Rob Spear, they sought to reconcile a former student-athlete’s account that Spear was inept and callous in dealing with her sexual assault and harassment by a UI football player in 2013 with assertions from current athletes, coaches and UI president Chuck Staben that Spear is a forward-thinking campus leader in promoting student safety.
Diver Mairin Jameson and distance runner Maggie Miller reported six instances of harassment by wide receiver Jahrie Level in 2013 to Moscow Police and members of the university’s athletic department staff. Miller reported verbal harassment on April 8; Jameson accused Level of sexual assault, verbal harassment and unwanted physical contact on April 23.
Almost two years after University of Idaho President Chuck Staben announced that the Vandals would no longer compete in college football’s top division, and a month after the school won its final Football Bowl Subdivision game, the angry messages haven’t disappeared. Neither has Staben’s conviction that lower-stakes football is the right thing for his school.
Will college football in the Inland Northwest be saved from smoky skies this weekend?