Indiana running back Morgan Ellison was suspended from campus for 2.5 years after a university panel determined he sexually assaulted a fellow student while she was asleep and continued the assault after she woke up, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Ellison, who refused comment to the Star, reportedly said that the alleged encounter was consensual and no force was used during a hearing.
A decision whether or not to appeal the panel’s ruling will have to come soon from Ellison, as the deadline to appeal is reportedly Thursday. If the sophomore is indeed suspended, he’ll be barred from stepping foot on campus and will be required to undergo counseling.
Ellison reportedly hasn’t been charged for the alleged assault, though the Star reports it’s unclear if the Indiana University Police Department even investigated the incident.
Ellison had already been suspended from IU football team
Ellison hadn’t played a snap for the Hoosiers this season as he was suspended indefinitely from the team on Aug. 24, though the program declined to give a reason for the suspension at the time. It’s unclear if that suspension is related to Ellison’s alleged assault.
That was certainly a surprise, as Ellison had posted a promising freshman season last year with 704 rushing yards (4.92 yards per carry) and six touchdowns, both team-leading marks. He was slated to be the team’s starter at running back heading into this season.
Tom Allen allowed Ellison to return to practice
The IU panel reportedly informed Ellison of its decision on Oct.3, but just one day earlier, the Star reports that Indiana head coach Tom Allen allowed Ellison to return to practice.
“He’s been allowed to be with our team recently, and we still have no answer yet for his game opportunities,” Allen said Oct. 2. “But he’s been allowed to be around us on a consistent basis now, which has helped. But we still don’t know the long-term future yet, taking it day by day.”
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