A 2015 investigation into player mistreatment contributed to the firing of Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson, the Indianapolis Star reported Saturday.
That investigation reportedly began in April 2015 when a player’s father wrote to Indiana alleging that Indiana had overlooked a serious injury to his son’s back, forced him to lift weights and called him soft.
An athletic department investigation into this complaint led athletic director Fred Glass to rebuke the culture in Wilson’s program. A second investigation, conducted in November, led to Wilson’s resignation Thursday.
Here’s how the Indy Star describes the athletic department’s response to the allegations against Wilson in 2015:
The university, according to the documents, moved quickly after the initial complaint. Glass met with Wilson on April 13, 2015 and followed up the same day with a memorandum that included this warning: “As you know, IU will not tolerate any behavior among you and your staff that penalizes, ostracizes, or criticizes any injured football player. I trust that you and your staff are abiding by this long standing policy.”
A month later, on May 13, Glass met with Wilson again, this time to discuss conclusions from the investigation and steps to be taken. In a memorandum Glass wrote to Wilson after the meeting he noted that Wilson had admitted to him that he “made jokes to injured players about their injuries or implied that they were not useful members of the team.”
“As head football coach,” Glass wrote, “you are directly responsible for the welfare of your student-athletes. Accordingly, any comments attributed to you and your staff, whether said in jest or not, which have the effect of pressuring or demeaning injured players are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.” Glass warned that further such statements or actions would “subject you and your staff to disciplinary action.”