NCAA Coach Under Investigation After Allegations From Top Player

Published September 23, 2023 at 2:04 PM

Austen Swankler, a top player in the NCAA, recently shared some alarming concerns about his school and hockey team on social media.

Swankler's Shocking Revelation

Last Friday, Swankler revealed on social media that he was leaving the team due to a toxic environment created by his teammates and coaching staff. He emphasized that hazing is a serious issue at his school and wanted to prevent future incidents by speaking out.

"I came out about everything that happened to stop future incidents from occurring. Hazing is a serious issue, especially to this school. So before you saying I'm dragging the school through mud know the facts. I know the facts because I was a victim."

The local Police Department is now investigating the situation.

Meanwhile, the University took quick action, suspending the head coach and three players involved:

"Immediately upon receiving a report of alleged hazing, the University notified local law enforcement and initiated its own investigation. BGSU has placed three students on interim suspension from the team. Additionally, Head Coach Ty Eigner has been placed on administrative leave, pending a full review.

Effective immediately, Curtis Carr has been named interim head coach and William Switaj has been appointed to serve in an interim advisory capacity. Through our commitment – both on campus and across the state – the University remains steadfast in its mission to eradicate hazing. Our community continues to embrace a culture of accountability, and we continue to be grateful for those who report concerns."

Police Investigation Update

Rick Westhead, an ESPN journalist, provided an update:

"Days after Bowling Green State University said it had suspended three players and placed its men's hockey coach on leave after an alleged hazing incident, the Bowling Green, Ohio, police department tells me it is investigating to determine whether any of the state's anti-hazing laws have been broken.

(A Bowling Green student died from a hazing incident in 2021 and in January, the school paid $2.9M to his family. Bowling Green hosted its second anti-hazing conference in August.)"

Swankler's brave statement highlights the widespread issue of bullying in schools and sports. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association released a statement:

"The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) has been notified of an alleged hazing incident within the Bowling Green State University hockey program. The CCHA stands behind our student-athletes and condemns any form of hazing or abuse. I have complete confidence in Bowling Green's unbiased investigation and the league will withhold further comment until the investigation is complete. "- Don Lucia, CCHA Commissioner

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