Central Michigan will not admit former Texas Tech quarterback Jett Duffey as a student because of a Title IX allegation, meaning he will not join the Chippewas as a graduate transfer, the campus newspaper reported.
"Jett Duffey was not admitted and is not a student at Central Michigan University," Heather Smith, the campus' director of communications, said in an email to the Central Michigan Daily. "Thus, there is nothing the president or anyone else at the university would be able to comment on."
Duffey told ESPN on Jan. 19 that he was heading to Central Michigan to play his final year of eligibility. The newspaper said, however, that a 2019 Title IX complaint against Duffey - his second while a student at Texas Tech - played a role in Central Michigan declining his admission.
A female student at the university described to the newspaper how Duffey sexually assaulted her while she was incapacitated. The case was solved through mediation, and Duffey wasn't suspended from the team.
He was suspended for two semesters, however, after being deemed responsible by a Title IX panel for two counts of sexual assault in 2017 against an incapacitated woman. A grand jury ruled there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute the case.
He also was suspended for one week after being involved in a disturbance in front of a nightclub in Lubbock, Texas.
Duffey's attorney, Chuck Lanehart, told ESPN that Duffey never faced any criminal charges.
"Jett is a talented football player, an excellent student, and he deserves a chance to continue his college playing career," Lanehart told ESPN. "He has consistently maintained his innocence of allegations of misconduct and has been cleared by Texas Tech of any Title IX allegations from 2019."
Duffey played in 10 games last season, the final eight as the starter after an injury to Alan Bowman. He passed for 2,840 yards with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. He completed 65.1 percent of his passes and averaged 284.0 yards per game.
He also ran for 212 yards and a touchdown for the Red Raiders (4-8).
Duffey appeared in eight games, with three starts, in 2018, leading the team in rushing with 369 yards.
Duffey appeared headed to Tulane earlier this month, but he was denied admission because of academics, according to nola.com.
Central Michigan (8-6) won the Mid-American Conference West division title in its first year under former Florida head coach Jim McElwain. The Chippewas lost 48-11 to San Diego State in the New Mexico Bowl.
--Field Level Media