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University of Idaho Extends Leave for Athletic Director


The University of Idaho says it has extended its athletic director’s administrative leave until the school completes an investigation into sexual assault complaints made against a football player.

University President Chuck Staben announced Thursday that Rob Spear was originally placed on a 60-day administrative leave in April and it was set to expire this week. However, the school has since agreed Spear will remain on leave until the investigation is finished and the school has a chance to review the findings, as well as make a decision on Spear’s employment status.

Spear has faced criticism amid news reports on the handling of complaints alleging sexual assault against a football player by three different women in 2012 and 2013. Both Spear and the university have acknowledged proper policies weren’t followed in one of the cases.

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