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Missouri's Ehren Earleywine investigation involves the Title IX office ... which makes sense

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Here are today's Mizzou Links.

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KC Star: MU Title IX Office involved with investigation of softball coach Ehren Earleywine

The university’s Title IX Office is also part of the investigation, which remains ongoing, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Star. That office handles complaints regarding sex-based discrimination. [...]

"Right now, the piece of the investigation is out of our hands, and we can’t provide a timeline," Rhoades told The Star on Monday. "Like everybody, we’re hoping sooner rather than later." [...]

The investigation centers on complaints that Earleywine has verbally abused players, using profanity and sexist and disrespectful language on numerous occasions.

The Trib: MU's Title IX Office involved in review of Earleywine

The University of Missouri System’s definition of sexual harassment in its Collected Rules and Regulations includes "any unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by a person to another person" when "such conduct creates a hostile environment by being sufficiently severe or pervasive and objectively offensive that it interferes with, limits or denies the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities or employment access, benefits or opportunities."

The university's Collected Rules and Regulations state that the resolution process following a review of allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual misconduct normally will be reached within 60 days.

It would make perfect sense that Title IX, a giant, horribly-written, unclear, pain-in-the-butt, completely necessary resource, would be involved here, be it because of direct evidence/accusations or as a precautionary measure. (And "sexist and disrespectful language" would seem to fit the former.) It would also make sense that this would take the investigation out of Mack Rhoades' hands to a certain degree.

I know people have gotten frustrated with Rhoades for not revealing more or communicating more, and that's fine. (If nothing else, kudos to Rhoades for making it twice as long as Mike Alden did before half the Missouri fan base wanted him fired.) But we've known about the investigation for barely two weeks, and the investigation itself hasn't lasted even two months yet. For these types of investigations, that's not bad at all. The answers will come out, and we can find some inkling of patience in the meantime.

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