Brendan Gibbons pumps his fist after kicking a 44-yard field goal to send Michigan's game at Northwestern into overtime on Nov. 16. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)
Brendan Gibbons, Michigan’s former starting kicker, was expelled from the university last month, according to documents reviewed by the Michigan Daily.
Gibbons, according to the Daily report that was published Tuesday afternoon, violated the university’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.
In a letter addressed Dec. 19, 2013 to Gibbons from the university’s Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR), which handles disciplinary proceedings against students, the Daily reported, he was informed he would be “permanently separated” from the university on Dec. 20.
Gibbons did not travel to Arizona last month for Michigan’s bowl game in Tempe on Dec. 28. Upon the team’s arrival, Michigan coach Brady Hoke announced that Gibbons had returned home to Florida and would not participate in the game.
“He has a family matter in Florida that he has to attend to,” Hoke said at the time.
Gibbons also did not play in the Ohio State game on Nov. 30 with what Hoke said was a muscle injury.
Michigan athletic department spokesman Dave Ablauf, an associate athletic director, told The Detroit News that privacy issues prevent the department from commenting.
“We can’t comment on anything that involves a student’s academic standing because of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA),” Ablauf said. “The only person who can speak about their private university standing is the individual.”
An email was sent to Gibbons seeking comment.
Gibbons was a fifth-year senior on Michigan’s team during the 2013 season; his college playing eligibility has expired. Gibbons made 45 of 60 field goals in his Michigan career and 156 of 158 extra points.