On Thursday, the Columbia Missourian acquired court documents that allege that Missouri running back Derrick Washington sexually assaulted a 23-year-old female at the Campus View apartment complex in June. Washington was suspended by Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel on Thursday, but neither Pinkel nor the athletics department would directly confirm that Washington's suspension is because of the allegations.
When the Missourian reached Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden for comment, he said that he had known of Washington's legal situation before his suspension Thursday.
"I am certainly aware of the situation involving Derrick and the coach's decision to suspend him," Alden said. "(I have known) probably, I think for a few weeks, that there were some things that were being evaluated at that time. "
In Alden's 12-year tenure as athletics director, the Missouri program has reached new highs on the playing field and the department has expanded its financial footprint to more than $60 million.
In that same period, the athletics department has seen a propensity for scandals to pop up. From Quin Snyder to Ricky Clemons, the Athena incident to the Big 10 debacle, the climb to prominence has not been scathe free.
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