Colorado assistant Joe Tumpkin resigns following domestic violence accusation

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Colorado safeties coach Joe Tumpkin has resigned following a domestic violence complaint filed against him in December.

Tumpkin’s ex-girlfriend said in the complaint that the coach had assaulted her on multiple occasions. She was granted a temporary restraining order against Tumpkin and the school said Friday it had requested Tumpkin to resign.

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“Joe is currently defending himself against allegations made in court records that do not represent our values,” Colorado athletic director Rick George said in a statement. “Furthermore we need to move forward to ensure we do not have gaps in our coaching staff as we build the team and sign new recruits.”

Tumpkin was suspended in January after the school found out about the restraining order. His girlfriend said Tumpkin first assaulted her in February 2015 and had also done so in November. The woman, who resides in Michigan and would visit him in Colorado, said he pinned her against a wall and choked her in November after coming home intoxicated the night before Colorado’s game vs. Washington State. He then allegedly choked her again — among other accusations — the night following the game.

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Colorado said he would receive two months of severance pay ($34,000) and would also receive payment for his unused vacation (over $29,000) as well as a payout of nearly $16,000 for Colorado’s Alamo Bowl appearance.

Tumpkin joined the team prior to the 2015 season and was the primary play-caller for the defense in the Alamo Bowl.

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