UNC-CH coach's stance on campus sex assaults raises ire

Posted January 13, 2015

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— The wrestling coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is receiving a lot of criticism for comments he made on social media, a blog and in the school newspaper after his son was accused of rape in Tennessee.

C.D. Mock says universities treat students accused of sexual assault, including his son, unfairly, and he wants to raise awareness of how campus assaults are handled.

"This is a nightmare. This is an incredibly unfair situation," Mock said.

His son, Corey Mock, is a nationally ranked wrestler. A former UNC-Chapel Hill student, he was a star athlete at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga until the senior was accused of rape last March and was expelled in December.

"Our case is a classic he said, she said case," C.D. Mock said. "You don't kick someone out of school or punish somebody because he said, she said."

He started a blog to share his frustration with the handling of sexual assault cases on college campuses. Guilt or innocence is left up to the university, not the criminal justice system, he complains.

The blog also names the alleged victim in his son's case and includes graphic details of the sexual encounter involving her.

"The idea that a woman who is intoxicated has no control is ridiculous," one post states. "Hate to break it to you feminists out there, but the whole idea on college campus today is to drink alcohol in social environments to reduce inhibitions."

Alice Wilder, a columnist for The Daily Tar Heel newspaper at UNC-Chapel Hill, said she learned about the blog after reading a fiery letter to the editor that C.D. Mock wrote in defense of his son.

"The message seemed to be that women were responsible for preventing their own rape, instead of saying that people shouldn't assault other people," Wilder said. "I was really surprised that someone that is employed here is that cavalier about it."

UNC-Chapel Hill officials said in a statement that C.D. Mock "is expressing his views as an individual and not in any official capacity on behalf of the University."

The university last year adopted new policies regarding how it handles sex assault cases and is now requiring all students, faculty and staff to undergo online training about sexual violence and harassment.

C.D. Mock also has lashed out on Twitter. In response to a tweet that called his son a rapist, he wrote, "You are likely another woman who wants to be able to go party and have zero accountability."

He apologized for the post Tuesday. "I absolutely reacted, and it was a mistake," he said.

Still, he said he plans to continue to fight for his son and won't let anyone pin him down.

The family petitioned a state court in Tennessee to allow Corey Mock to attend school during the appeal process, and he was allowed to return to class on Tuesday.


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  • Steve Clark Jan 15, 2015
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    I think the worst part of this - is that no one actually knows what happened. A fist-fight in college doesn't mean he's "likely a rapist". And for

    Jump1 Jan 14, 3:34 p.m.

    Would he feel the same way if it was his daughter? Just because this kid is a "star" sports guy does not mean anything here


    How would you feel if it was your son? it's JUST as likely that this was 'drunk hookup sex' as it is rape. and that being said, If the females can say "I was too drunk to consent", couldn't the male also claim that? Why is it that the media and society seem to think a 'horny drunk college guy' should be more to "Blame" than a 'horny drunk college girl' ?

    Either way - this should be a criminal case handled by courts - not colleges.

  • Jump1 Jan 14, 2015

    Would he feel the same way if it was his daughter? Just because this kid is a "star" sports guy does not mean anything here.

  • Huey Jan 14, 2015

    Crimes, all crimes, should be handled by the police.

  • 678devilish Jan 14, 2015

    If there is proof that his son did rape, then all the father can do if support his son the best he can. Its too late for him to talk. Now professional counselors should do the father's job.

  • Imma Annoid Jan 14, 2015
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    So. That does not mean he is guilty of rape. Try again.

  • dsdaughtry Jan 14, 2015

    He is correct to stand behind his family. Everyone should be afforded due process. He makes valid points.

  • twoshades Jan 14, 2015

    Also, it is bizarre that he put on the blog "This blog is maintained by Barbara Mock, grand-mother of Corey Mock" when he is the only one maintaining and posting it. He sure tried to throw grandma under the bus on that one.

  • Will Sonnett Jan 14, 2015
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    In our world of political correctness, there are some accusations that need no proof, only allegations. Duke lacrosse, UVa fraternity, etc. It seems that accusations involving sexual assault, race, bullying, etc. are taken as fact without any questioning of the accusers and anyone who questions the voracity of the statements is deemed a sexist, racist, homophobe, bully.

  • Objective Scientist Jan 14, 2015

    Addendum to last comment: I am a male of several decades in age... and, although I am NOT the proverbial promiscuous "player" - I have had "several" female sexual partners in my life. Have I or my partner EVER initiated and had a discussion about "having sex" before we actually had sex? Absolutely NOT! Did either of us EVER "call time-out" and ask the other... "Are you agreeing to, are you saying 'YES' to having sex with me?" Absolutely NOT! This whole campaign of "YES means YES", on top of the "NO means NO" failed campaign is laughable and completely unrealistic in the "real world". I agree 100% that NO indeed means NO and that the initiator of the sex should STOP when that is stated. That actually makes much more sense than REQUIRING the asking of the question and a "YES" response!

  • twoshades Jan 14, 2015

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    You can be factually guilty and still found not guilty in a court of law. (For example, highly prejudicial but relevant information -- for example, that someone has been convicted of similar crimes before -- can be excluded.) "Not guilty" doesn't mean "innocent." All "not guilty" means is that the state can't put you in jail. It refers to legal guilt, not factual guilt. But I don't have to invite an accused pedophile to dinner if I still think he did it, and their employer can certainly look at the facts, come to their own conclusion, and decide to terminate their employment supervising children...