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Utah AD Hill suspends swim coach after allegations of sexual abuse come to light

Published February 28, 2013 4:24 pm

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Utah athletic director Chris Hill isn't one to make speedy decisions, preferring to get all the facts and weigh all his options before making a move. However, it didn't take him long to make the decision to suspend Utah swim coach Greg Winslow indefinitely after allegations of sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl in Arizona came to light. Charges haven't been filed against Winslow, who has been with the Utes for six years, but Hill said he thought it was a serious enough matter to suspend Winslow now. Diving coach Richard Marschner, in his third year at Utah, has been named the interim swimming and diving coach. According to a police report, the alleged abuse occurred in 2007. He is accused of kissing and fondling a female swimmer who was a teenager at the time. Winslow hasn't been reached for comment, but told the swimming blog Concussion Inc., which wrote of the allegations, that he would "certainly respond." Perhaps future revelations of the case will be in Winslow's favor and the principle of "innocent until proven guilty," should still apply in judging Winslow. However, the allegations are just too serious for Hill to not make the decision to suspend Winslow. It was a fast decision, but the right one. - Lya Wodraska