Montana Football Sexual Assault Scandal Now Under Justice Department Investigation

Allegations of sexual assault raised against multiple Montana Grizzlies football players have resulted in a newly opened investigation by the U.S. Justice Department, Reuters reports.

The scandal came to light for most of us shortly after the surprise firing of football coach Robin Pflugrad and athletic director Jim O'Day long after the usual firing period, but the story has been building for something like two years now.

From the Reuters report:

University President Royce Engstrom told Reuters he was informed of the inquiry during a meeting on Monday with Justice Department officials who told him the probe would examine the response of the Missoula-based university, city police and county prosecutors ...

Engstrom said it was not made clear to him what prompted the inquiry, nor could he specify its scope, but he cited "a general heightened awareness of sexual assault activity on our campus and community," adding, "It's certainly related to that."

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