A State Appeals Court Judge in Tennessee recently ruled in favor of former Chapel Hill High School wrestler Corey Mock, overturning a ruling by the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga that expelled the UTC athlete for alleged sexual misconduct.
Mock, a four-time state champion while at Chapel Hill, was ranked No. 4 nationally in his weight class in 2013 as a collegiate wrestler.
In April 2013, Mock was accused by a female UTC student of having sex with her while she was unconscious, accusations she later made public through the media. UTC originally ruled Mock not guilty of misconduct. Three weeks later, after appeals from the accuser and higher officials at UTC to reconsider the case, the original administrative law judge reversed her decision based on the same evidence.
Mock was expelled. He later returned to campus while his case was appealed through the state courts.
Never miss a local story.
While this was going on, North Carolina wrestling coach C.D. Mock began a blog, detailing his son’s fight through the appeals proces and criticizing how universities handle sexual assault allegations that do not go through the courts. He stressed that his blog was personal and did not repesent UNC’s opinions in any way.
After 12 seasons as head coach of the UNC wrestling program, C.D. Mock was “relieved of his duties” in June by UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham.
On Aug. 4, Tennessee judge Carol McCoy said UTC’s reasoning was fatally flawed, relying on a standard that forced Mock to prove that he’d obtained consent for sex, rather than making his accuser to show that she hadn’t consented. McCoy ruled Mock should never have been expelled.
“My son is now a student ‘in good standing,’” C.D. Mock blogged last week. “In the meantime, my family has spent over $40,000 on attorney fees, my son has lost his last year of competing in the sport he has worked his entire life for, my son’s reputation has been eternally impaired, and his dream of being a college coach as a career is gone.
“People are saying we ‘won.’ Somehow it doesn’t feel that way.”
Got a suggestion, a question, a letter to the editor? You can contact the sports department of The Chapel Hill News at CHNsports@newsobserver.com.
If you have a score you would like to report, you can phone 919-829-8951 and leave a message.
For a daily wrapup on high school sports, see www.newsobserver.com.