Days after being named in a domestic violence complaint, University of Colorado assistant coach Joe Tumpkin has been suspended indefinitely pending the completion of a criminal investigation.
Tumkin has been under a temporary restraining order after his ex-girlfriend originally filed the complaint with the Boulder County courts on December 20th. According to the Boulder Daily Camera, the Broomfield Police Department confirmed Tuesday that it has since opened a criminal investigation into the domestic violence allegations made against the 45-year old assistant.
"I am very concerned by the allegations, which don't reflect the high conduct standards I have for our student-athletes and staff," CU Athletic Director Rick George said in a statement on Tuesday. "Joe Tumpkin has been suspended indefinitely from his coaching duties, pending the outcome of the court process."
Tumpkin had been the safeties coach at Colorado the past two seasons before taking over the defensive play-calling duties for last month’s bowl game following Jim Leavitt’s departure to Oregon. Tumpkin was considered a candidate to replace Leavitt as Colorado’s defensive coordinator for the 2017 season.
The news of Tumpkin’s suspension comes less than 48-hours after Mike MacIntyre received an extension to remain the head coach of the Buffaloes through the 2021 season.