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Dismissed Oregon basketball player Austin sues school, administrators


Back in May 2014 Brandon Austin was one of three players dismissed from the Oregon basketball program for their roles in an alleged sexual assault. While no charges were filed in the incident, the details of the full report on the case were such that the school decided to part ways with Austin, Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson.

This would be the second time that Austin left a program under such circumstances, as he was given a year-long suspension at Providence (and ultimately decided to transfer) for his involvement in another sexual assault investigation that did not result in either he or then-teammate Rodney Bullock being charged.

While Artis (UTEP) and Dotson (Houston) have found new schools at which to play, Austin hasn’t been able to find a new Division I program to call home. And on Thursday it was reported by The Oregonian that Austin has filed a $7.5 million lawsuit against the University of Oregon, former school president Michael R. Gottfredson, Oregon director of Student Conduct & Community Standards Sandy Weintraub, assistant dean of students Chicora Martin and vice president of student life Robin Holmes.

While harm to his professional prospects is one of the reasons cited in the suit, Austin is also arguing that his rights were violated in the process that ultimately led to his dismissal (and 10-year ban from campus).

The suit claims that prior to his expulsion, Austin was “outrageously suspended” from the university and that his rights were violated when the defendants “refused to (among other things) allow Mr. Austin to subpoena witnesses who would be supportive of his defense, refused to provide unredacted reports, refused to provide a contested case hearing, refused to allow cross-examination, and otherwise refused to provide the due process required by the United States Constitution and applicable laws.”

The suit also claims that Holmes refused to respond to Austin’s requests for an appeal and wouldn’t return multiple phone calls from Austin’s counsel “in violation of Mr. Austin’s right to procedural and substantive due process.”

After being dismissed from the Oregon program Austin played at Northwest Florida State College last season, helping the team win an NJCAA national title. However the on-court success did not result in another chance at the Division I level due to the off-court issues.

Student who accused Oregon players of sexual assault settles lawsuit for $800,000

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The female student who accused three Oregon basketball players of rape settled her lawsuit on Tuesday afternoon.

The lawsuit was settled for $800,000, free tuition and policy changes to how the university treats transfer applications from those with disciplinary history, according to the woman’s attorney. Brandon Austin, one of the three players involved in the alleged incident, was accused of sexual assault at Providence in 2013. The lawsuit claimed that Oregon head coach Dana Altman, as well as other Oregon officials, knew of the prior accusations against Austin, who transferred to Oregon in January 2014.

“I am so glad to have this case behind me today and to be able to focus on my studies,” the woman said in a statement released by her attorney to NBCSports.com. “I am very grateful for the outpouring of support that I have received from students, faculty, and other organizations. The response from the UO community has been remarkable and I know that the increased awareness around these issues on our campus can only serve to help us. I would be remiss to not specifically thank the Dean of Students Office and my therapist from the UCTC and other UCTC personnel for their continued assistance throughout this experience. Without those services, it would have been very difficult to stay in school here during these events and for that I am very grateful.”

The lawsuit from March 2014, accused Oregon basketball players Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Austin of sexual assault. While no charges were ever filed due to lack of evidence, all three were dismissed from the team on May 9, 2014. Dotson signed with Houston in April. Artis committed to UTEP in May. Austin, who has yet to play a Division I game, played last season at Northwest Florida State.

The accuser had voluntarily dismissed Altman from the lawsuit on August 1.

Oregon head coach Dana Altman: ‘We have had a bad year and we do have to address that’

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For Oregon head coach Dana Altman, four 20-plus win seasons and two consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament have been overshadowed by the growing list of off-the-court issues involving members of his basketball team.

In the spring, three players — Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin — were all accused of sexual assault by a female student. While no charges were filed, all three were dismissed from school and are barred from campus for the next four years. Austin, who transferred midway through last year, had a been accused of sexual assault at his previous school, Providence.

Sine late July, Ray Kasongo and JaQuan Lyle, two Oregon commits, failed to enroll into school. Just this past week, Elgin Cook and Jalil Abdul-Bassit, two of the three returning scholarship players, were cited for shoplifting.

MORE: Oregon one of five teams on the decline in 2014-2015

On Thursday, after months of turmoil within his program, Altman spoke to reporters.

“We have had a bad year, and we do have to address that,” Altman said, via Austin Meek, columnist for the Register-Guard.

According to Meek, Altman has altered the team’s living arrangements. The Ducks are required to live across from the Matthew Knight Arena, in the same apartment complex as the graduate assistants. Whether or not those changes occurred after the Oct. 5 shoplifting incident was not stated.

With only nine scholarship players — just one standing taller than 6-foot-7 — the Ducks are in for an uphill battle in 2014-2015. It’s something Altman, who has exceeded on-the-floor expectations before at Oregon, will have to do again in Year 4, as he needs to also restore the image of the program in the process.

Oregon begins the season on Nov. 14 against Coppin State.