Ex-Colorado assistant Joe Tumpkin formally charged with felony assault

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Joe Tumpkin, right, was an assistant at Colorado for the last two seasons. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Joe Tumpkin, right, was an assistant at Colorado for the last two seasons. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Less than a week after resigning from the Colorado coaching staff, former Buffs assistant Joe Tumpkin has been formally charged with assault.

According to the Daily Camera, Tumpkin, who coached Colorado’s safeties for the past two seasons, is facing five felony counts of second-degree assault and three misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The woman involved previously filed a restraining order against Tumpkin in December, leading to the coach’s suspension. The school then asked Tumpkin to resign last week.

In the restraining order filed Dec. 30, the woman accused Tumpkin of assaulting her on multiple occasions over the course of their three-year relationship. She said he first assaulted her in February 2015 and most recently in November 2016 before the Buffs’ game against Washington State.

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In that most recent incident, the woman said an intoxicated Tumpkin pinned her against a wall and choked her, according to the complaint. The night after the WSU game, the woman claims Tumpkin threw her, choked her and dragged her by her hair.

“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 when announcing Tumpkin’s resignation. “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.”

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Tumpkin had been on Colorado’s staff for the past two seasons and called defensive plays in the Alamo Bowl after defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt left for the same position at Oregon. Tumpkin, who was the defensive coordinator at Central Michigan from 2010-2014, was reportedly a candidate for the Buffs’ defensive coordinator position before these allegations surfaced.

Colorado has since hired D.J. Eliot from Kentucky to run the defense and brought in ShaDon Brown from Army to coach the secondary.

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