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UC Davis suspends entire varsity baseball team over misconduct claims

University of California, Davis, suspends its ENTIRE varsity baseball team and puts coaching staff on leave as it investigates allegations of ‘misconduct’

  • UC Davis announced Wednesday it was suspending its entire baseball team and placing all coaches on leave amid probe by Office of Compliance and Policy
  • Officials declined to reveal the nature of the misconduct allegations that prompted the suspensions 
  • Investigation is expected to last for the first two months of the fall quarter that begins on September 18 
  • In 2019, UC Davis shut down its student-run marching band following reports of bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct, alcohol and drug use 

The University of California, Davis, has suspended its entire varsity baseball team and put its coaching staff on administrative leave amid an investigation into unspecified allegations of misconduct.

The University of California, Davis, Office of Compliance and Policy is investigating, ‘and the entire baseball program has been placed on suspension pending the outcome of this review,’ the university’s intercollegiate athletics department said in a statement.

The investigation is expected to last for the first two months of the fall quarter that begins September 18, but it is too soon to determine when team activities, including practices, may resume, it said.

UC Davis announced Wednesday it was suspending its entire baseball team (pictured) and placing all the coaches on leave amid an investigation into unspecified misconduct claims

UC Davis Baseball Head Coach Matt Vaughn

UC Davis Baseball Assistant Coach Brett Lindgren

Head Coach Matt Vaughn (left) and Assistant Coach Brett Lindgren (right) are among the baseball coaches who have been placed on administrative leave 

The state university announced the suspensions and the ongoing investigation by the UC Davis Office of Compliance and Policy in a statement

The state university announced the suspensions and the ongoing investigation by the UC Davis Office of Compliance and Policy in a statement 

‘We are committed to conducting a thorough assessment to determine the best path forward to provide a safe and inclusive experience for all team members,” the department said without elaborating. 

It added that ‘the safety of students is of utmost importance’ and that confidential resources like counseling are available to help those affected.

University spokeswoman Melissa Blouin said she could not provide more details, including when the allegations surfaced, because the process ‘protects the privacy of all parties during an investigation.’

‘While it is premature to share information about the allegations right now, we will share additional information, to the extent possible, if the allegations are substantiated,’ Blouin wrote in an email to DailyMail.com. 

UC Davis Athletic Director Rocko DeLuca said in a letter to incoming student-athletes that the school has been asked ‘to investigate allegations of misconduct with the varsity baseball program…’ reported The Sacramento Bee. 

DeLuca acknowledged that the news may be ‘difficult or upsetting’ but assured the incoming students that the investigation ‘does not impact your admissions nor your athletic scholarship with UC Davis.’

The letter closed with the words: ‘we are committed to conducting a thorough assessment to determine the best path forward to provide a safe and inclusive experience fro [sic] all team members. We will keep you informed if there are updates we’re able to share prior to the start of the fall quarter.’

It is unclear when team activities including practices may resume at UC Davis

It is unclear when team activities including practices may resume at UC Davis 

In 2019, UC Davis shut down its student-run marching band following reports of bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct, alcohol and drug use

In 2019, UC Davis shut down its student-run marching band following reports of bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct, alcohol and drug use

The team, known as the UC Davis Aggies, is at the bottom of the Big West Conference standings, with a record of eight wins and 32 losses this year.

DailyMail.com on Thursday reached out to UC Davis Head Baseball Coach Matt Vaughn, seeking comment on the suspensions, and is awaiting a reply.  

Vaughn, a Davis alumnus and former pitcher there, has served as head coach since 2012. 

In 2019, UC Davis shut down its student-run marching band following reports of bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct, alcohol and drug use among members, reported Fox 40 at the time. 

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