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U-M's student newspaper, The Michigan Daily, prohibited from press conference

Photo Credit: MrDonDuk via Flickr
Photo Credit: MrDonDuk via Flickr

Last week The Michigan Daily published a breaking news story regarding the former kicker Brendan Gibbons' "permanent separation" from the University of Michigan, effective December 13, 2013 for sexual misconduct. It was reported that Gibbons, a graduate student in the School of Social Work, was being expelled, or permanently separated, because of an incidence that occurred in 2009 when he was an undergraduate freshman.

The news article brought up many questions as to why the permanent separation was so delayed.

Today, members of The Michigan Daily tweeted that they were not invited to Brady Hoke's press conference and insinuated it was in retaliation to their article.

Apparently, in response to tweets about being "shut out," they were contacted and told the press conference was set up weeks before their story was published.

Hoke issued a written statement about the delayed action:

"Michigan Athletics has no influence over any part of a review of a potential violation of University's student code of conduct -- not the process, the investigation or the timing of the resolution. In general, while we may be aware of an on-going proceeding, we always strive to balance transparency with privacy.

"Our usual approach is to not issue discipline related to a student's standing on the team before the University's process runs its course and the outcome has been determined. We will always respect the rights and confidentiality of the process and the parties involved. One way we do that is by not discussing the details of student disciplinary matters.

The full statement can be read here.

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