August 9th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

Former Penn State women’s gymnastics coach Jeff Thompson filed a lawsuit accusing the university of disregarding its duty to protect his reputation after the university mandated he not speak with the media. Thompson and his wife, Rachelle, began coaching the Nittany Lions in 2010 — six years before former Penn State gymnast Alyssa DiFrancesco said she was so scared of her coaches that she quit the team. Thompson discussed the article with Deputy Director of Athletics Phil Esten and said he had files to disprove the allegations, but Penn State allegedly refused to address his concerns and said the issue would “go away.” The lawsuit also references a Daily Collegian article, which quoted Athletic Director Sandy Barbour saying that she and the athletic department were aware of all allegations against the Thompsons and spent a long time investigating them. The article was posted in April 2016, but Thompson said the investigation was completed in December 2015 and Barbour made no mention that the allegations were unsubstantiated. – BRET PALLOTTO, centredaily – Read More

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