A public relations firm and lawyer representing former Missouri swimming and diving coach Greg Rhodenbaugh issued a press release on Monday stating that Rhodenbaugh was “cleared of all Title IX charges.”
Missouri placed Rhodenbaugh on administrative leave last fall and initiated a Title IX investigation over reported mismanagement of female swimmers and athletes’ mental health. In May, Missouri removed the interim status for swimming and diving coach Andrew Grevers, making him the permanent replacement for Rhodenbaugh, who was reassigned within the athletic department at the time.
According to the release, the investigation was closed on July 3. Prior to the closing, Rhodenbaugh informed Missouri that he would be filing suit for “defamation of character, termination without notice or cause and other theories.”
His attorney also claimed that the investigation was “intentionally interfering with negotiations between Rhodenbaugh and another premier Division 1 university to become its head coach for the 2019-2020 season.”
Later in the day, Missouri responded that the press release was inaccurate. MU officials say that the university did not issue a finding because Rhodenbaugh’s contract was terminated.
“If an individual’s employment status ends and a Title IX investigation is currently ongoing, the investigation is typically closed,” said Andrea Hayes, assistant vice chancellor for Civil Rights and Title IX. “This does not indicate that there was a finding that an individual was cleared.”
The university also disputed comments made by Rhodenbaugh’s lawyer, where he indicated that his client did not have the ability to defend himself during the investigation, stating that “Rhodenbaugh was provided detailed information throughout the process and met with university officials on several occasions with the assistance of his attorney.”
— Missourian staff