Sunday, June 15, 2014

UALR chancellor releases documents on baseball allegations, asks for independent investigation

Posted By on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 11:19 AM

SCOTT NORWOOD: UALR chancellor has asked for independent review of baseball program under former coach's leadership.
  • SCOTT NORWOOD: UALR chancellor has asked for independent review of baseball program under former coach's leadership.
UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson yesterday posted on-line a memo outlining the schools' response to allegations made about the baseball team, whose coach, Scott Norwood, resigned abruptly shortly before public release of an audio recording of a profanity-laced locker room outburst.

Here's Anderson's memo. It notes that a person going by the name Don Hudson has distributed a variety of allegations about misconduct in the baseball program and has issued demands for action or else further information would be revealed. Said Anderson:

Under normal circumstances, the campus would undertake an internal investigation, develop findings, take any corrective actions required, and report it all to the Sun Belt Conference and the NCAA for their review. However, in this case, the allegations need to be reviewed and evaluated by a qualified, independent investigator outside of the university, given the variety of allegations and the number of people who have been named as wrongdoers. Therefore:

(1) As noted above I am releasing the string of emails with their allegations, along with other documents. An effort has been made to redact the names of student athletes per Federal student privacy law—although those names would be visible to the persons off campus whom Mr. Hudson indicates he has copied on his messages to campus officials. Let me add that if there is a message missing from the string, its omission is inadvertent and, if made aware, I will share it.

(2) I have asked UA General Counsel Fred Harrison to retain the services of an appropriate professional to review and investigate the allegations, and he has agreed to do so. I will direct all campus personnel to cooperate with that investigator and provide any and all requested information. I also invite Mr. Don Hudson and anyone else who has relevant information to meet with and provide the information to the investigator.

I can assure you that we will proceed deliberately and thoroughly, but not under threat of 24-hour deadlines. To do otherwise risks unnecessary harm to persons who do not deserve it. At the same time, I want to know all the facts and will in due time act appropriately on the findings and do whatever is necessary to rectify the situation.

My goal is to get to the bottom of these issues so that we can return our attention to a baseball program that concentrates on the student athletes’ academic and athletic development.

Here's the link to all documents released by Anderson relating to an earlier investigation of complaints about Norwood, his resignation, the departure of an assistant and the e-mails from "Donald Hudson."
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