Ellison permanently dismissed from IU football program

Running back Morgan Ellison has been permanently dismissed from the Indiana football program and suspended from the university for 2 1/2 years, IU’s athletic department announced Friday night.

According to a report obtained by the Indianapolis Star, a sexual misconduct hearing panel at the university earlier this month found Ellison responsible for sexually assaulting a fellow student. The Star reported that the panel determined Ellison sexually assaulted the student while she slept, then used force to continue the assault after she woke.

Ellison, who has not been criminally charged, appealed the decision. Friday’s announcement by the university indicates that appeal has been denied.

Ellison, IU’s leading rusher in 2017, was expected to be a key player for the Hoosiers this season, but he never appeared in a game. The university announced an indefinite suspension for Ellison on Aug. 24.

During the adjudication process, Ellison was permitted to practice with IU’s team. Ellison returned to team practices on Sept. 13 then stopped participating altogether on Oct. 3, the same day the university panel handed down its decision.

“I feel very confident that … I followed the things exactly what I was told to do,” Allen said after last week’s game against Iowa. “I believe in the system we have in place, the policy we have at our university for this type of situation, and have confidence in what they’re doing, and therefore I just tell the truth and do what I’m told.”

Last season, Ellison rushed for 704 yards, scored six touchdowns and received the program’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year Award for his work during his freshman campaign.

10 comments

  1. For anyone critical of coach Allen due to Ellison practicing, remember that often coaches are required by legal staffs to let players practice until a decision is handed down. Coach Allen stated many times the decision to keep Ellison out of practice was out of his hands and I am sure the decision to have him return was out of his hands. Unfortunately legal issues intrude on coaches and programs whether you believe they should or not. HC are not rulers of their universe no matter what people think.

  2. “…I just tell the truth and do what I’m told.”

    I’m still not very fond of that statement. It sounds rather dismissive. It speaks nothing to the seriousness of the allegations. Allen is horrible at public relations….If it’s o.k. to criticize Urban Meyer’s lack of apparent empathy for victims of sexual assault(even in alleged situations where no formal police charges have been filed), then our own coach’s flippancy should be scrutinized. Saying “I do as I’m told”….comes off as cold…and, maybe even a bit defiant/upset about losing a star player. I’m not hearing a voice of empathy and heartfelt concern.
    I’m hearing agitation much like the case with Meyer. Agitation and shortness can be construed as not believing the accuser.

    1. Your post is total nonsense! Allen did not have a dog in this fight. The University sets the rules and the Coach follows, Ellison lost his own way. He just not have a place st a quality college football program!

      1. Did I say he had a dog in the fight? I said he sounded agitated and he’s terrible at PR. “I do as I’m told” is pretty brief considering a charge as strong as sexual assault. I also followed up with a post clearly stating how many believe it is appropriate to leave a player suspended in the event of strong evidence on the accuser’s side after interviews and details emerge.
        And as far as your continual attacks against my opinions go, you are the last person to claim someone is full of nonsense….On Inside the Halitosis you apologized for Crean for a decade. And you talk about nonsense?

  3. When deciding whether to immediately suspend an accused player, “There’s going to be a risk either way,” said Mr. Beebe. “Society says you’re innocent until proven guilty,” but if a preliminary investigation shows a reasonable likelihood the incident occurred, colleges should suspend the player until the matter is resolved, he said.

    While there’s always a risk that a quick, public response could sully the reputation of a student who turns out to be falsely accused, failing to take action would be worse, said Gene A. Marsh, a retired law professor at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and former chair of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I Committee on Infractions.

    “An athlete has a right to a fair process, but any athlete who chooses to be in this kind of high-profile world has to accept the scrutiny that comes with it,” said Mr. Marsh, who has helped colleges, including Pennsylvania State University, weather major scandals and has assisted coaches who have been accused of NCAA violations(courtesy: The Chronicle of Higher Education).

    1. I agree with that part of the source cited by H4H that reads “any athlete who chooses to be in this kind of high-profile world has to accept the scrutiny that comes with it,” but anyone who thinks that the accused has the presumption of innocence and will get due process when hauled before one of these sexual misconduct hearing panels has not been paying attention to what’s going on U.S. college campuses lately. Note that the IU panel suspended Ellison from the university for 2. 5 years. Why not permanently? My bet is that the accuser is due to graduate by then, and lacking the jurisdiction enter an order of protection against Ellison (as would a civil court), the 2.5 year suspension is the only way IU has to keep Ellison and his accuser apart (at least on campus). No criminal charges have been filed by Monroe County prosecutors. The accused could, if she wished, file a petition for an order of protection (some places call it a no-contact order) in civil court in Monroe County (probably with free legal services provided by a social service agency), but that would be real court with real due process, where the presumption of innocence is taken seriously and a lot of stuff like vigorous cross-examination of the petitioner/accuser happens. Anyone know whether such a lawsuit has been filed?

  4. I get all of that, but I still believe the evidence had to be pretty strong to take the measures. And if it isn’t strong, what lawyer wouldn’t be licking his chops to bring defamation and other charges against IU?
    Police charges add credibility to accusations…but, “for anyone paying attention lately,” there is a lot of fear and distrust in the process.

    I will not begin to assume how it feels to be truly assaulted….and face all the doubts in the world when what happened in many instances have no eye witnesses. It sounds easy to come forward when your dignity has already been assaulted. I doubt it’s as easy as many who seemingly only turn it into a cold and calculated shark tank to discredit a person already hurting and feeling tremendous weakness and shame(as unnatural as it may sound).
    I have no idea if IU got this right. I’m not sitting in the room listening to the accounts or seeing the available evidence. To be falsely accused is also a horrific thing….But again, there is likely a different emotional reaction to being sexually assaulted (possibly even a shutting down of emotions which could unfairly make someone assaulted look less credible) than the reaction expected from an alleged perpetrator falsely accused of a heinous crime. The outrage of a victim is likely deeply buried and all forms of denial, including removing oneself from the horror of an event, place the mind in a perpetual defensive mode. The hurt and the anger may take years to finally be released. We deserve due process …but we expect a level of braveness and “matter of fact” regurgitation of an event that is a naive expectation from a person violated to the core of their being.

  5. davis, your points are why I don’t like sexual assaults being handled by schools. One’s guilty should serve time in jail and acussers should under oath and have evidence of what happened. Schools don’t give each side equal rights and it is unfair to do that. As a society we need to make sure women and men that are sexually assualted to feel good about going to the police and giving evidence. Just as there should be no shame to be beat up by someone and testify against them. Rules need to be established for sexual assualt trials that don’t focus on past sexual activites unless there is a trail of false accusations.

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