Former CU assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin pleads guilty to assault

Posted at 3:08 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 17:10:06-05

BOULDER, Colo. — Former University of Colorado assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin pleaded guilty Friday to third-degree assault of his former girlfriend.

The 47-year-old former coach pleaded guilty in Broomfield District Court to one count of third-degree assault as domestic violence involving incidents with his ex-girlfriend, Pamela Fine.

Additional charges of second-degree assault were dismissed as part of a pleas agreement.

According to an arrest affidavit, Fine told investigators that Tumpkin assaulted her more than 100 times between February 2015 and November 2016 while they were dating.

Tumpkin was forced to resign because of the allegations, which also led to an investigation of how the university handled the accusations.

Chancellor Phil DiStefano received a 10-day suspension, former head football coach Mike MacIntyre and athletic director Rick George were ordered to make $100,000 contributions to a domestic violence support organization following the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report