Report From Investigation Into Comments Made By USU President To Be Released Friday

Jan 14, 2021

Credit Tim Vitale / Utah State University

The report from the investigation into comments made by Utah State University President Noelle Cockett about interim football coach Frank Maile is expected to be released Friday, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. 

The USU Board of Trustees and Utah Board of Higher Education began investigating Cockett after Utah State football players unanimously chose last month to boycott their final game of the season in response to remarks they said Cockett made regarding not hiring Maile as the school’s new coach because of his “religious and cultural” background. 

In a statement made by Cockett following the team's decision, she wrote she was “devastated that my comments were interpreted as bias against anyone’s religious background.”

According to the Tribune report, the Board of Higher Education will meet on Friday to discuss the results of the investigation and then issue a statement with the results of the investigation. They will not necessarily make a disciplinary decision at this time.