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Colorado Buffaloes Football: Assistant Coach Joe Tumpkin won’t be returning in 2017

The former safeties coach has resigned

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Colorado football assistant coach Joe Tumpkin will not be returning next season, per reports. Despite helping the Buffaloes to a 10-4 record last season, Tumpkin was named in a domestic violence complaint by his ex-girlfriend, claiming physical abuse during their three-year relationship.

The move for the University of Colorado not to renew Tumpkin’s contract comes after Athletic Director Rick George said he would review the allegations earlier this month. “I expect all our student-athletes and employees to conduct themselves appropriately on and off the field,” George said in a statement.

Tumpkin’s ex-girlfriend filed the complaint through the Boulder County courts on Dec. 20 with the judge granting a temporary restraining order in the case. Both parties are due back in court early next week to determine if the restraining order will become permanent.

According to the documents, the first assault occurred on Feb 27, 2015 and continued to increase since that date. No charges have been filed in the case.

Tumpkin, 45, spent the last two seasons as the safeties coach for the Buffaloes. He served as Colorado’s defensive coordinator for the Alamo Bowl in place of recently departed Jim Leavitt and was mentioned as a possible replacement before D.J. Eliot was hired two weeks ago.

No official word on who could be named as Tumpkin’s replacement.

Here is the release from Dave Plati and CU:

coach Joe Tumpkin has submitted his resignation, effective Jan. 31, after being asked to do so by CU Athletics.

Tumpkin, 45, had been with the team since early 2015 as the safeties coach. On Jan. 6, 2017, George and Coach Mike MacIntyre learned that a judge had issued a temporary restraining order against Tumpkin at the request of his ex-girlfriend. George and MacIntyre immediately placed Tumpkin on administrative leave from the coaching staff and CU Boulder.

“Joe is currently defending himself against allegations made in court records that do not represent our values,” George said. “Furthermore, we need to move forward to ensure we do not have gaps in our coaching staff as we build the team and sign new recruits.”

In consideration for his resignation, Tumpkin will receive two months of severance pay, which equals $34,000.

As is standard practice for all employees who leave the university, he will receive a payout for unused vacation time totaling $29,607. His final paycheck will also include the one-time payment of $15,692, which is consistent with other coaching staff under the campus’ Postseason Compensation Policy related to bowl game appearances.

MacIntyre is moving quickly to hire a new assistant coach as the football team prepares for the start of spring practices on Feb. 22, followed by the March 18 Spring Game.