LSU AD Scott Woodward thanks key figure in school's Title IX scandal during Brian Kelly's introduction
BATON ROGUE - LSU athletic director Scott Woodward thanked a key figure in the school’s ongoing Title IX litigation while introducing new football coach Brian Kelly on Wednesday.
Verge Ausberry, who is mentioned 72 times in the 148-page Husch Blackwell report, was also on the team flight that brought Kelly to Baton Rouge.
“Finally, and most important to me personally, I’d like to thank Verge Ausberry and Stephanie Rempe from my administration for their tireless work in helping us land the most accomplished football coach this program has ever hired," said Woodward.
Ausberry, LSU’s executive deputy athletic director, was accused of mishandling allegations of domestic abuse against an LSU football player. Per the Husch Blackwell report, Ausberry did not follow Title IX reporting requirements with an incident involving former wide receiver Drake Davis.
LSU Interim President Tom Galligan suspended Ausberry in March for 30 days without pay. Miriam Segar, another senior athletic department official, was suspended 21 days without pay for mishandling a sexual assault report involving former running back Derrius Guice.
Ausberry was also banned from attending LSU football games during the 2021 season. Ausberry and Segar continued to use their university email accounts while suspended.
A former LSU football player, Ausberry has worked in the athletic department for the past 20 years.
Kelly, the former Notre Dame coach, was introduced at LSU on Wednesday. His record was 92-39 in 12 seasons with the Fighting Irish.
While Kelly was at Notre Dame, linebacker Prince Shembo was accused of sexual battery on Sept. 6, 2010. Lizzy Seeberg, a student at nearby Saint Mary's College, alleged Shembo inappropriately touched her on Aug. 31, 2010.
According to the St. Joseph County prosecutors office, Seeberg received a text message from a friend of Shembo's warning her not to mess with Notre Dame Football. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against Shembo.
Seeburg committed suicide on Sept. 10, 2010.