UNC wrestling coach C.D. Mock battles on behalf of accused son
In the aftermath of a sexual assault accusation against his son Corey, North Carolina head wrestling coach C.D. Mock created a website to discredit the accuser and speak out against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s actions.
A disclaimer on the website — coreymock.net — says it’s run by Barbara Mock, C.D. Mock’s mother and Corey Mock’s grandmother, but the writing is done from C.D. Mock’s perspective throughout.
In the ‘About’ section of the website, Mock writes that he is using the website as a vehicle not to defend his son’s actions, but as a way to inform other parents about the ‘danger’ of the so-called hookup culture on college campuses and what he calls the aggressive nature of women.
“There has been a fundamental change on college campuses all over this country,” he writes. “In this current culture of ‘hookups’ in lieu of dating, with women every bit as sexually aggressive as men on campuses, parents, and young men heading to college need to understand the extent of this new danger.
“If a woman accuses you of sexual assault at a univeristy(sic), you will immediately be removed from the campus prior to any investigation or determination of guilt. YOU HAVE NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN COLLEGE. The University or College will do everything in its power to prosecute you and kick you out of school regardless of the evidence and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it, and they know it. You can sue the school and the alleged victim as we are doing, but the minimum cost to sue is $50,000 and the NCAA isn’t going to give you your year back if you win.”
UNC is aware of Mock’s website.
“He is expressing his views as an individual and not in any official capacity on behalf of the University,” UNC-Chapel Hill said in a statement. “His views are his alone.”
Mock, who has been the wrestling coach at UNC for 11 seasons and was a 1982 NCAA national champion wrestler at the university, was not made available for a comment.
As first reported by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Mock’s son, Corey, was a nationally ranked wrestler at UTC when he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met on the social networking app Tinder at a party in March 2014.
When Corey, who began his wrestling career at UNC, was accused in spring 2014, he was indefinitely suspended from the wrestling team.
UTC used a campus judicial officer, also a full time accounting professor with a law degree, to evaluate the case. In the first hearing, Corey was found not responsible by the campus judicial officer. But a week after the university and accuser petitioned the officer to reconsider the ruling, the decision was reversed.
Corey was expelled from the university after the second finding, but was granted a stay by the campus judicial officer and allowed to attend classes while UTC Chancellor Steven Angle reviewed the case.
On Dec. 6, the day after the university received notice of a Title IX complaint from the accuser for the handling of the case, Angle concluded his review and upheld the expulsion.
Criminal charges were never filed in the case.
The story of the sexual assault accusation was elevated to national attention when Vice Magazine published an article on the case on Dec. 15.
It was that article that spurred the creation of Mock’s website to speak out against the university’s handling of the case.
In subsequent posts on his website, Mock writes that Chattanooga’s consent policy, ‘yes means yes,’ is unrealistic.
“Let’s all acknowledge this ‘yes means yes’ idea sucks,” he writes. “The idea that college kids are going to whip out cell phones and record their partner saying ‘yes’ just before sex is just stupid. It’s only a matter of time before guys figure this out and just start arguing that ‘the girl said yes,’ even if she didn’t. Now what? Now we just assume all men are lying? It’s a totally stupid idea and it will never last and until it changes many more of us will be the carnage of “falsely accused”.”
Mock also uses strong language to describe advocates of rape victims.
“I agree that at some point given enough alcohol one becomes unconscious and incapable of control; no one would disagree that person needs to be protected,” he writes. “But, to suggest that a girl who has had two drinks is incapable of saying ‘no’ is ludicrous. Let’s poll college girls to find the truth on this; not old, single hags who hate men and have nothing to do but lobby politicians.”
Mock’s comments highlight what has become a polarizing issue at campuses across the U.S., including at UNC: the way sexual assault is handled by colleges and universities. In the last two years, UNC has faced accusations that sexual assault cases were mishandled, and three federal complaints were filed against in the university.
In response, UNC hired a Title IX compliance officer and revamped its sexual misconduct policy.
Like Chattanooga, a major tenet in UNC’s sexual misconduct policy is the same ‘yes means yes,’ that Mock discredits in his post.
Corey’s case is still ongoing, and he was allowed to take his finals after a Nashville judge granted an injunction to allow him to finish the fall semester.
UTC spokesman Chuck Cantrell confirmed that Corey is enrolled in classes this semester. A Chancery Court judge ruled Friday that Mock would be allowed to attend UTC while she makes a decision about the appeal.