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College swimming: Utah set to release report

Published July 1, 2013 5:24 pm

College swimming • Investigation focused on athletic department's handling of complaints against former coach.
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The University of Utah will release the findings of an investigation of its athletics department, and its handling of complaints from parents and swimmers regarding former swim coach Greg Winslow.

Winslow was suspended by the U. in late February, after reports of a criminal investigation in Arizona surfaced. Winslow was accused kissing and fondling a 15-year-old swimmer there in 2007.

In June the Maricopa County Attorney's Office announced it would not seek criminal charges against Winslow.

In the interim, however, Winslow and the university came under fire from former swimmers and their parents who accused Winslow of physical and psychological abuse as a coach, and athletics department officials of ignoring their claims.

Michael Glazier, a Kansas City, Mo., attorney, and Alan Sullivan, a Salt Lake City attorney, were hired by the university in March to handle the investigation.

The allegations against Winslow, whose contract at Utah was not renewed, included:

• Taping a PVC pipe to the back, arms and hands of a black swimmer who had joked about being let of out practice for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2010, then forcing the student-athlete to swim underwater sprints until he blacked out in the pool.

• Showing up to practices hungover or still drunk.

• Having outbursts of anger, at one time throwing bags full of ankle weights at an athlete in a hotel.

• Failing to report two swimmers being caught buying marijuana on a trip to Arizona.

• Missing competitions.

• Punching an assistant coach.

The Salt Lake Tribune has obtained letters outlining such concerns that were sent to the university and Athletics Director Chris Hill dating as far back as February 2008.

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