President orders review of how MSU responded to charges against coach
BOZEMAN (AP) - Criticized for not suspending an assistant football coach charged with assaulting a woman, Montana State University is reviewing how it responded to the arrest.
President Geoff Gamble directed a university lawyer to determine whether MSU deviated from normal procedures after the arrest of John Rushing last week on misdemeanor charges of assault and criminal trespass.
Rushing is accused of throwing a woman to the floor and breaking her arm during an argument in April. He has pleaded innocent and is tentatively scheduled for a trial in the fall.
Because Rushing is charged with misdemeanors and not felonies, university officials did not suspend him, said Allen Yarnell, an MSU vice president.
Bozeman Business and Professional Woman told Gamble that Rushing should be suspended until his trial, and if he is convicted, then MSU should fire him.
The university's position "compromises the safety of all women in Bozeman, by sending the message that violence against women is trivial," the group wrote Gamble.
He has asked Yarnell and the MSU athletics director to review procedures, policies and programs involving the recruitment and monitoring of athletics staff and athletes.
"We want to be sure that any and all steps have been taken to let students and staff in the athletic department know what we expect of them," Gamble said.
"If there are gaps, we will need to institute positive policies and programs that will help them achieve and maintain a standard of behavior that will reflect well on themselves, the community and the university."
Kalispell's Hines signs with L-C State
Kalispell's Addy Hines has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.
Hines, a 5-foot-11 middle blocker, was a second-team all-state selection for Kalispell. She helped lead the Bravettes to the state Class AA title in March.
UM jumper Lyngstad feted by Big Sky
Sophomore Amy Lyngstad is the season's first University of Montana track or field athlete of the week after her performance at the Tom Gage Classic last week. Lyngstad, of Darby, set personal bests of 18 feet, 1þ inches in long jump and 37-7þ in triple jump to place fourth and second, respectively, in the Missoula meet. She and the rest of UM's team will be in Pocatello, Idaho, for the Big Sky Conference championships beginning Friday.
Also honored after the last weekend of the regular season were Kristina McKinley of Weber State (14.04 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles); Charles Clinger of Weber State (swept long, triple and high jumps at the All-Utah Collegiate Challenge) and the Weber State 1,600-meter relay team (school and stadium record 3:07.23 in Ogden).