Montana State announcer resigns amid harassment claims

BILLINGS (AP) — Montana State University’s play-by-play broadcaster for football and men’s basketball resigned after the university investigated a reporter’s complaint that he sexually harassed her.

Jay Sanderson tells The Billings Gazette that he left his position as “the voice of the Bobcats” last month to help an ill family member in Wichita, Kansas. He denies the reporter’s allegations that he touched her inappropriately and sent her sexually suggestive text messages.

The Gazette cites internal university documents that show the university’s Office of Institutional Equality was investigating Sanderson. The woman filed her complaint in September and the investigation included interviews with 15 witnesses.

The newspaper says a draft report concludes the claims are likely credible.

MSU vice president of communications Tracy Ellig did not immediately return calls for comment Friday. He told the newspaper he can’t speak about the specifics of the case.