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College Football Star Hit With Massive Suspension For Alleged Sexual Assault

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

Indiana Hoosiers running back Morgan Ellison won’t be seeing the field or the inside of a classroom for a long time.

Ellison was slapped with a suspension of two and a half years after a panel determined he sexually assaulted a student.

The Indy Star reported the following details:

An Indiana University panel determined that football player Morgan Ellison sexually assaulted a fellow IU student while she slept and then used force to continue the assault when she woke up, IndyStar has learned.

In its findings, the University’s sexual misconduct hearing panel concluded that “the aggravating factor of [Ellison] engaging in sexual activity while Complainant was asleep, and [Ellison]’s use of force during the incident” led to the determination that Ellison should be suspended from Indiana University for 2 1/2 years, according to records obtained by IndyStar.

During the hearing, Ellison denied using force and said all of the sexual activities that occurred were consensual, records state.

Trust me when I say that his career with the Hoosiers is over unless he wins his appeal, which isn’t something I’d bet on. That’s not a common occurrence. (RELATED: NFL Player Gets Laughable Sentence For DWI. Does The Punishment Go Far Enough?)

 

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College sports programs, especially in our current climate, are not going to stick with a guy that has been accused of any kind of sexual misconduct. It’s just not going to happen, and this is coming from somebody who has spent his whole life in athletics. Ellison will be shown the exit door so fast that your head will spin.

 

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I understand why some people might not understand that fact. He wasn’t convicted in a court of law, but it doesn’t matter. There doesn’t need to be a criminal conviction in order for a school to dish out its own punishment. That’s just the way it is.

There’s also a very high probability his options for transferring are going to be incredibly limited. What coach is going to open his arms to a guy who has been suspended on allegations of sexual assault? There isn’t one at any major school.

Again, I’m not saying whether Ellison is innocent or guilty. There was no court case, but it really doesn’t matter. His days as a Hoosier and possibly as a division one football player are almost certainly over.

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