Texas Tech Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt on Wednesday reiterated statements he made Saturday regarding football coach Matt Wells' involvement with Utah State's investigation into a former player who was later described by a judge as a serial rapist.
Speaking on The Kirby Hocutt Show, Hocutt told senior associate athletics director Robert Giovannetti he and other Tech administrators were aware of multiple sexual assault allegations and pending charges against Torrey Green. As well as how Utah State University responded.
Multiple victims have filed lawsuits against Utah State. The most recent suit references Wells; he is not a defendant.
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Hocutt first spoke about the victims. "It's a horrific situation, when you think about the survivors and what they experienced."
And of Green, now serving 26 years to life, "he's where he needs to be," Hocutt said.
Wells was invited to a meeting with a Utah State administrator and Green in January 2016, after Green's college football career was over. Hocutt said Wells was present, but not the one asking questions or leading the investigation. In general, Hocutt said it's the role of any athletic department to properly report any allegations to the Title IX Office, "we're not trained to investigate Title IX complaints".
Hocutt said if Wells learned of any sexual assault allegation or similar complaint against Green earlier, "without a doubt" he would not be playing for Wells. Hocutt referenced Tech's T.J. Vasher, who he described as the team's top wide receiver, not traveling to West Virginia last weekend for a much less severe offense.
Hocutt said when Tech checked references before hiring Wells, there was a clear pattern that Wells is a strict disciplinarian
"It was obvious to us, immediately, his commitment to doing the right thing. His commitment and understanding of how a Title IX allegation and process works on a college campus."