San Diego State will conduct a "thorough review" of Jeff Schemmel's travel expense records after potentially explosive allegations were made against the San Diego State athletic director.
John Lineberger, a resident of Alabama, filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court to subpoena Schemmel's university travel records. The action is part of divorce proceedings between Lineberger and his wife, Carolyn, who said under oath in deposition testimony that she had multiple sexual trysts with Schemmel in Dallas-Fort Worth and Point Clear, Ala.
Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a hotel bill paid by credit card in Point Clear in January lists Schemmel and "San Diego State Univ," along with 5500 Campanile Dr. (SDSU's address). It was for three nights, totaling $814.57.
Schemmel has issued a statement through the school, saying: This is a private matter between Lori [Schemmel's wife] and me. We have worked hard to put this behind us. We ask that our privacy be respected on what is a family issue."
That's correct, a private, family issue possibly involving misuse of state funds.
Schemmel was hired in 2005 by San Diego State on the strong backing of headhunter Chuck Neinas. Schemmel had been a senior administrator at Minnesota when it was embroiled in a massive academic fraud case, one of the most notorious scandals in NCAA history. An independent investigation identified Schemmel as one of four administrators responsible for a lack of institutional control, but he somehow kept his job until Neinas found him a soft landing spot at San Diego State.
Thanks to Mike.