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University of Idaho AD placed on leave amid sexual assault reporting investigation

University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear (Courtesy: University of Idaho)

University of Idaho athletic director Rob Spear has been placed on administrative leave, the university announced Tuesday.

Spear has faced scrutiny from those who say he and the department mishandled sexual assault complaints against athletes back in 2012 and 2013.

"This is a challenging day,” said President Chuck Staben. “But understanding how we’ve handled situations in the past and how we can improve is essential. We have a responsibility to provide our students, and our student-athletes, with the best college experience and the most support possible. We are committed to meeting these expectations.”

Spear will be on leave for 60 days. The university says they will review the case during the next few months.

Spear took over as athletic director in late 2003.

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