GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - University of Wisconsin Green Bay has hired local attorney Joseph Nicks to be the independent investigator that will look into complaints concerning men’s basketball coach Brian Wardle.
Meanwhile, a second complaint involving verbal abuse was filed late last week.
UWGB Spokesman Christopher Sampson says the local media attention and events nationally factored into their decision.
“It was really important that the university to move forward on the basis of an investigation that is seen as thorough, unbiased and third-party, neutral” Sampson said.
But regardless of the Rutgers University incident, Sampson says UWGB would have proceeded the same way.
Sampson says players are not obligated to talk with investigators, but are encouraged to do so.
Sampson says Nicks will have access to any players, staff and information needed for the investigation.
The final report will likely be released. But Sampson says for confidentially reasons, UWGB players and staff identities may be redacted.