Sexual assault accusation led to suspension of IU running back

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Morgan Ellison (#27)

Running back Morgan Ellison may have played his last down at Indiana after a university panel determined he sexually assaulted a female student.

The conclusions of the panel were first reported by The Indianapolis Star . A person with knowledge of the accusations confirmed the panel’s decision Thursday to The Associated Pres on condition of anonymity because the details have not been made public.

Ellison has not been charged with a crime and it was not immediately known whether he has an attorney. An athletic department official declined to comment, citing privacy laws.

In its findings, the school’s sexual misconduct hearing panel said Ellison should be suspended from Indiana for 2 ½ years. During the hearing, Ellison denied using force and said the incident was consensual, the Star reported.

Ellison led the Hoosiers in rushing in 2017 as a freshman but was suspended indefinitely before this year’s opener. Coach Tom Allen said last week that Ellison had returned to practice but he spoke before the panel’s decision, which is dated Oct. 3.

Ellison can appeal the decision.

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