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.
Friday it was reported by the Indianapolis Star that a former Indiana player was on the receiving end of some good news regarding the citation that led to his dismissal from the program. Forward Devin Davis, whose tumultuous time at IU came to an end shortly after he was cited for marijuana possession, won’t be charged as the citation has been dropped.
Davis was one of two players in an Indiana dorm room, with Hanner Mosquera-Perea present but not cited. Both players would ultimately be dismissed from the program, with Davis landing at Odessa JC in Texas and Mosquera-Perea at East Tennessee State.
Davis spent two seasons at Indiana but did not play in a game last season, sitting out after suffering a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a car driven by then-teammated Emmitt Holt (who was recently dismissed from the program himself). Holt was not charged in that incident as he was found to not be at fault, but he was suspended for four games by Indiana head coach Tom Crean.
Thursday afternoon the Boise State basketball program announced that guard Dezmyn Trent had been dismissed from the team due to an “incident in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington.” And according to a report from the Idaho Statesman, the incident in question is a very serious one.
Per the report Trent has been booked on a felony charge of drive-by shooting.
A Lakewood spokesman told the Idaho Statesman that Trent was among four men arrested after shootings at approximately 6 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Wednesday at an apartment complex. Nearly 30 shots were fired in the alleged incidents, which police believed to be gang-related. No one was injured and no charges have been filed.
The 6-foot-4 Trent didn’t see much playing time last season for the Broncos, who won a share of the Mountain West regular season title and reached the NCAA tournament for the second time in the last three years. Trent played in 11 games in 2014-15, with just one of those appearances (a 50-point win over San Jose State January 21) coming after January 15.
And despite the loss of Mountain West Player of the Year Derrick Marks, finding more playing time appeared to be tough for Trent heading into the 2015-16 season. Anthony Drmic, who missed most of last season due to injury, Mikey Thompson and Montigo Alford are among the returnees, with Boise State also adding grad student Lonnie Jackson (from Boston College) and freshmen Paris Austin and Malek Harwell to the mix on the perimeter.
Trent was suspended for the team’s first three games of the 2014-15 season due to a violation of team rules.