first when it comes to any kind of assault by coaches or players? Would it have hurt the football team to even put him on a paid leave of absence until the matter was resolved? Maybe. But it would have been immeasurable in terms of perception.
"We're placing "X" on a paid leave of absence until the facts of this matter are more clear."
That should have been the response as soon as they were notified of the complaint. (The article makes it unclear as to when they knew she had complained formally to the police.) But at least after that you have given some cover. If formal charges were then pressed, they could then suspend him without pay.
Instead, they chose the PSU route and continued business as usual.