Michigan expels Brendan Gibbons

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A published report says Michigan has expelled ex-Wolverines kicker Brendan Gibbons for violating the school's sexual misconduct policies four years earlier.

A Tuesday story in The Michigan Daily says the student newspaper reviewed documents that showed the Ann Arbor school "permanently separated" Gibbons from the university effective Dec. 20, 2013.

On Thursday, the newspaper reported that the program knew of Gibbons' expulsion on Dec. 19 at the latest because he faxed a signed letter waiving his right to appeal from the football office. Four days later, coach Brady Hoke said Gibbons didn't travel to Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl because of "family issues."

The 22-year-old Gibbons was Michigan's starting kicker for the past three seasons. His eligibility to play ran out at season's end.

The newspaper says Gibbons was a graduate social work student.

It says the university's Office of Student Conflict Resolutions acted on the basis of a Nov. 22, 2009, incident.

Michigan later released a statement explaining its policy on sexual misconduct without naming Gibbons, saying "questions have been raised about" its "response to allegations of sexual misconduct in 2009."

The statement says "those allegations were handled in accordance with the university policy" at the time.

The Washtenaw County prosecutor's office says it is not reviewing possible charges against the 22-year-old Gibbons.

The newspaper says university officials declined comment on the case. The Associated Press left a phone message Tuesday night for Gibbons at a listed phone number in Wellington, Fla.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.