The University of Tulsa is facing a lawsuit from a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a member of the basketball team, according to a report from the USA Today.
Although former Tulsa player Patrick Swilling Jr., was not criminally charged or named a defendant in the civil case, the lawsuit alleges that the school knew or should have known about previous allegations lobbied against Swilling Jr., including an incident as a junior college player at the College of Southern Idaho and similar alleged incidents at Tulsa.
The lawsuit says that three other women have alleged sexual misconduct against Swilling. Swilling was suspended from the men’s basketball team in February amid a university investigation and he missed 11 games and didn’t play the rest of the season.
Tulsa’s dean of students cleared Swilling of any violations of the student code of conduct in April and the son of former NFL All-Pro Pat Swilling is now attempting to play football at Tulsa in his final season of eligibility.
The lawsuit contends that Tulsa’s handling of the matter in 2014 violated federal Title IX laws. Tulsa has 21 days to respond to the complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma.
Although the Tulsa Golden Hurricane have an overall record of 11-12, Danny Manning’s team is within striking distance in the Conference USA race. With a 6-3 mark in league play Tulsa trails Southern Miss and UTEP by two games, and they’re just a game in the loss column behind Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee.
Unfortunately for Tulsa they’ll play Thursday’s game against East Carolina without a valuable reserve, as it was reported by the Tulsa World that senior guard Patrick Swilling Jr. has been suspended “pending a university disciplinary investigation and hearing.”
Swilling is currently averaging 8.6 points in 22.6 minutes per contest this season after averaging 10.7 points per game as a junior. Swilling has missed the last three games due to an unspecified injury, with Tulsa winning two of those three contests (losing at Louisiana Tech).
As for when Swilling will return to the court, Manning doesn’t seem to expect his senior guard to be available for either of the Golden Hurricane’s home games this week.
On Twitter on Tuesday, Swilling reported that he had gotten some “bad news.” When asked on Tuesday about the Swilling tweet, Manning replied only that Swilling was considered “doubtful” for the next two Conference USA games – Thursday’s meeting with East Carolina and Saturday’s contest with Old Dominion, both to be played at the Reynolds Center.
Next week Tulsa begins a three-game road trip, with games at Florida Atlantic and FIU preceding a trip to El Paso to take on UTEP February 27.