An external investigation into how the University of Colorado handled domestic abuse accusations against a former assistant football coach is "really close" to being completed, an official said, but won't be done in time for a Board of Regents meeting that tentatively had been set for next week.

CU's regents had scheduled a possible meeting Wednesday in hopes they would learn the final results of the investigation into the university's conduct in response to allegations against former safeties coach Joe Tumpkin.

"We understand folks' perception that it is taking a long time," CU spokesman Ken McConnellogue wrote in an e-mail to the Daily Camera. "Part of that is, as you know, we engaged two of the top Title IX attorneys in the country to do the work. Since they are leaders in the field, they have other clients and demands on their time. Having said that, I think we are really close."

The Board of Regents has its next regularly scheduled meeting set for June 15 and 16, but McConnellogue believes the investigation will be completed before then.

"I fully expect (the Board of Regents) will set a new date in the near future that will be well before their next regularly scheduled meeting on June 15-16," McConnellogue said.


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Once the investigation is complete, regents also are expected to vote on the proposed contract extension for head coach Mike MacIntyre, which was agreed upon in January, but must be approved by the Board of Regents before becoming official. The regents in February delayed that vote pending the completion of the external review.

Lawyers from the Philadelphia-based firm of Cozen O'Connor have been looking into whether CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano, Athletic Director Rick George and MacIntyre violated campus policies by failing to report the accusations against Tumpkin.

Cozen O'Connor — which also investigated sexual misconduct within the Baylor University athletic department — was contracted by CU in February. Cozen O'Connor attorneys Leslie Gomez and Gina Maisto Smith, who specialize in institutional response to sexual misconduct and gender-based harassment, together are charging CU $1,211 per hour for their services.

Regents held a special executive session on March 27 in Denver and met with the Cozen O'Connor attorneys for more than seven hours, but adjourned without taking any action.

After that meeting, the regents issued a statement saying that they were presented an overview of the preliminary inquiry, but still had further questions to be resolved.

"At the conclusion of the meeting, the board asked Cozen O'Connor to prepare a report, which we will receive in the coming weeks," the statement read after the March 27 meeting. "... We are committed to an independent, thoughtful and thorough inquiry and to completing this process with the care it deserves. The board continues to take this issue very seriously and our unwavering commitment is to ensuring the integrity and values of the University of Colorado."

The Board of Regents said the completed report will be made available to the public and appropriate action would be taken based on evidence from the report.

Allegations against Tumpkin became known to CU when Tumpkin's ex-girlfriend called MacIntyre on Dec. 9 to tell him she had been repeatedly and violently abused by Tumpkin over the course of their relationship.

Previous statements by CU said MacIntyre informed George of the allegations, and George then informed DiStefano. George and DiStefano have both said they regret not reporting the accusations to CU's Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance.

At that time, the football team was preparing for the Dec. 29 Valero Alamo Bowl. Just a few days after CU learned of the allegations, former defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt left the team for the same position at Oregon. CU did not officially promote Tumpkin or give him a new title, but did announce that Tumpkin would assume Leavitt's duties of calling plays for the bowl game and coaching linebackers.

A temporary restraining order request against Tumpkin was signed by a Boulder Country judge on Dec. 20, but CU leaders said they did not become aware of that until Jan. 6, when a Daily Camera reporter contacted the athletic department with questions.

CU suspended Tumpkin on Jan. 10 and asked him to resign on Jan. 27, one day after the restraining order became permanent. Tumpkin has since been charged with five felony counts of second-degree assault by the 17th District Attorney's Office.

MacIntyre, who was named national coach of the year by several major organizations after leading CU (10-4) to the Pac-12 South title and first bowl appearance in nine years, agreed to a new contract in January. His previous deal, set to expire after the 2018 season, has paid him roughly $2 million per season. His new contract, if approved, would be worth $16.25 million — an average of $3.25 million — over the next five years, through the 2021 season.

Brian Howell: howellb@dailycamera.com, twitter.com/BrianHowell33.