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Athletic director Rob Spear fired at University of Idaho

The Idaho State Board of Education Thursday morning fired University of Idaho athletics director Rob Spear. The action concludes a four-month administrative leave for Spear. He was suspended by UI president Chuck Staben in April following complaints from two former Vandals women athletes that Spear five years prior did not appropriately address the fact they had been sexually harassed and in one case inappropriately touched by a former UI football player.

Idaho State Board of Education delays decision on Idaho athletics director Rob Spear

Rob Spear was placed on a 60-day administrative leave in April by Idaho President Chuck Staben following social media accounts early this year from two former Vandals women athletes. The accounts said that five years earlier Spear did not adequately address their complaints that a former UI football player had harassed them and in one instance inappropriately touched one of the women.

Sexual assault accusation against Idaho student athlete surfaces

The Moscow Police Department disclosed that a University of Idaho student athlete was accused of sexual assault last year, contradicting a statement by the athletic director that his department has not had any recent issues with sexual assault.

Associated Students of the University of Idaho approve resolution calling for athletic director Rob Spear’s resignation

In a Wednesday night meeting that lasted more than three hours, the Associated Students of the University of Idaho Wednesday approved a resolution calling for the resignation of athletics director Rob Spear following his acknowledgment that he and others at the UI mishandled sexual assault and harassment complaints by a former Vandals diver and a cross country runner against a former football player in 2013.

Idaho AD Rob Spear’s future uncertain

As the Associated Students of the University of Idaho listened Wednesday night to testimony about a resolution they will vote on next week calling for the firing of Vandals athletics director Rob Spear, they sought to reconcile a former student-athlete’s account that Spear was inept and callous in dealing with her sexual assault and harassment by a UI football player in 2013 with assertions from current athletes, coaches and UI president Chuck Staben that Spear is a forward-thinking campus leader in promoting student safety.

Idaho athletic department admits to mistakes in handling of sexual assault, harassment complaints against football player in 2013

Diver Mairin Jameson and distance runner Maggie Miller reported six instances of harassment by wide receiver Jahrie Level in 2013 to Moscow Police and members of the university’s athletic department staff. Miller reported verbal harassment on April 8; Jameson accused Level of sexual assault, verbal harassment and unwanted physical contact on April 23.

College football title pits rich vs. richer. Idaho Vandals won’t play that game.

Almost two years after University of Idaho President Chuck Staben announced that the Vandals would no longer compete in college football’s top division, and a month after the school won its final Football Bowl Subdivision game, the angry messages haven’t disappeared. Neither has Staben’s conviction that lower-stakes football is the right thing for his school.