Joe Ford, hired by Idaho head coach Don Verlin this offseason, is the focus of an investigation at the University of the Pacific, which has hired an independent investigator to look into a possible inappropriate relationship between Ford and a female student-athlete, according to a report by CBS Sports.
CBS Sports and Pacific each received an anonymous letter this month, alleging Ford acted inappropriately while an assistant at Pacific, even threatening to try to have the athlete’s scholarship removed if she rejected his advances, according to CBS Sports.
A school official told CBS Sports that, after roughly two dozen interviews, they do not believe the most serious allegations carry merit. Idaho issued a statement Friday: “The University of Idaho conducted a standard background check and contacted University of Pacific officials before offering the coaching position to Joe Ford. The background check and requisite reference calls did not reveal any issues of concern. Mr. Ford has been placed on administrative leave pending our review of this matter.”
Ford is a former All-Big West player at Pacific, which now plays in the West Coast.