Matt Patricia Coached at Alma Mater … During Rape Case
5/11/2018 12:30 AM PDT
Matt Patricia was a graduate assistant for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute football team while he was being prosecuted for sexual assault … but the head football coach says he was kept in the dark.
Patricia played for RPI from ’92 to ’95 — but his coaching career started the very next season when he was a graduate assistant for his alma mater.
According to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, the alleged rape occurred on March 15, 1996 and Patricia was indicted on August 14, 1996 — the same day as RPI’s opening game of the ’96 season.
So, how was Patricia allowed be a part of the program while being investigated for rape?
We spoke with Matt’s coach, Joe King, who told us it’s a pretty simple answer … nobody ever told him Patricia was involved in a rape case.
In fact, King says he was completely unaware about the legal proceedings until this week — when reports surfaced in the Detroit News.
For his part, King says Patricia was a model student athlete and an all-around great guy.
“He’s as high a quality individual as I’ve ever coached, as I’ve ever known. I just find it hard to believe that this happened.”
For the record, the case against Patricia was dropped in 1997 and Patricia is adamant he is innocent.