ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two members of the University of Missouri' s governing board said Tuesday they did not order football Coach Gary Pinkel to dismiss a star running back after the player's 2010 arrest on sexual assault charges, contradicting an account by the player's mother in a new book that critically examines major college football.
Derrick Washington was Missouri's leading rusher as a sophomore and junior until he was kicked off the team days before the start of his senior season after the accusations by a tutor. He was convicted in 2011 of deviate sexual assault and served four months of a five-year prison sentence. Washington completed his college football career in 2012 at Division II Tuskegee in Alabama. After his dismissal by Pinkel, Washington also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault against an ex-girlfriend but did not have to serve additional time.
Washington's mother told the authors of "The System," a book released Tuesday, that Pinkel wanted to use a redshirt to keep her son on the team until after his trial but was overruled by Missouri's Board of Curators, who "called him in and told him what they were going to do."
Board Chairman Wayne Goode, who spent 43 years in the Missouri Legislature and curator David Bradley, chief executive officer of a St. Joseph-based media company, told The Associated Press they never met with Pinkel nor discussed Washington's status on their own.
"I know of no contacts, nor can I remember any discussion along that line among curators or individually," Goode said.
"I don't remember any meeting with Gary Pinkel or recall any conversations about Derrick Washington," Bradley added. "That would be, in my mind, micromanaging. Our job is to set policy."