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NKU fires athletic director Scott Eaton

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NKU has fired athletic director Scott Eaton.

In a letter sent on Monday, school President Geoffrey Mearns wrote the following:

My decision was compelled by his failure to comply with the University's Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct.  His conduct did not meet his responsibility to the University and lacked fundamental integrity.  The information that I received about Mr. Eaton required a swift and decisive response.

Mearns said he first suspended Eaton when he became aware of possible misconduct and then moved to fire his athletic director after receiving more information.

The only thing being said is that it is an ethical violation, and it is not likely any criminal charges will be filed.

Students on campus were just finding out the news on Monday, trying to piece together what happened.

"If you sign a contract or something within the guidelines says you can't do these things, and he went out and did these things then he's got to go," said Nate Netzley, a junior at NKU.

Students across campus are standing behind President Geoffrey Mearn's decision to fire Eaton, but many are still trying to figure out the cause.

"If it was serious enough to get fired, it had to obviously to be something pretty bad that they aren't going to release to us," added Alex Himes, NKU sophomore.

Few details have been released on the matter. There is no evidence of financial misconduct, and no evidence of any involvement or impact on student athletes.

In a news conference on Monday, President Mearns would not deny the involvement of students, only that no student athletes were involved.

"The allegations, the misconduct, was serious," President Mearns said. "It was persistent and totally unacceptable."

Gerry St. Armand, Vice President for University Advancement, will serve as acting director of athletics.

To view the NKU ethical principles and code of conduct, click here.

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