The college sports world is facing another sexual abuse investigation, this time in swimming.
University of Utah head coach Greg Winslow was suspended by the university Thursday amid allegations that he sexually abused an underage girl while he was in charge of an Arizona club team. The allegations were first reported early Thursday morning by the blog Concussion, Inc.
Utah athletics director Chris Hill released the following statement on Thursday: "The Athletics Department first learned of the allegations against our swim coach Greg Winslow last night. While it is my understanding from an article published this morning that charges have not been filed against Coach Winslow, I feel the allegations are serious enough to suspend him immediately pending further investigation."
A 97-page police report was filed on Monday to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, and Yahoo! Sports has requested a copy should one be released.
According to the blog's sources, the abuse occurred over a two-year period, mostly in Winslow's locked office at the Mona Plummer Aquatics Club on the campus of Arizona State University. Winslow was formerly coach of the Sun Devils Aquatics Club.
Reached by Concussion, Inc. late Wednesday, Winslow said: "These are extremely serious allegations, and if I am accused, I will certainly respond." Winslow is in his sixth year at Utah.
The coach has already been investigated by his university, according to the Daily Utah Chronicle. Utah's Office of Equal Opportunity's investigation followed complaints from two former team members about abusive (but non-sexual) treatment by the coach. The university concluded its investigation in January and recommended no disciplinary action.
Utah is competing this week at the Pac-12 Swimming Championships in Washington. Winslow has been replaced by the team's diving coach.
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