MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The NCAA is investigating the University of Montana’s football program, which already is the subject of investigations by the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice. The Justice Department said this month it’s reviewing how the university, its football team and the city of Missoula have responded to sexual assault and harassment reports by female students, with some cases involving football players. The federal Education Department has opened a similar investigation. The NCAA hadn’t commented on whether it also is investigating, but Montana Associate Commissioner of Higher Education Kevin McRae says university leaders decided to publicly confirm an investigation Wednesday in the interest of transparency. The University of South Dakota opens its 2012 season at Montana on Sept. 1.
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