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PORTLAND -- Former Oregon Ducks basketball player Brandon Austin has been cleared by a grand jury of sexual assault charges in Rhode Island.

In the Providence College case, Austin and two other teammates were kicked off the basketball team after they were investigated for rape.

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Now, the District Attorney will not charge any of those players because there wasn't enough evidence.

The alleged assault occurred before Austin signed with UO. Providence police spoke with a female victim on March 6, 2014. According to that incident report, the 18-year-old female victim alleged that two male Providence College students sexually assaulted her on November 2nd into the early hours of November 3rd 2013 on the campus.

Three days later, Providence College announced that freshman players Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock were suspended for not upholding their responsibilities as student athletes.

On January 9, 2014, the University of Oregon announced Austin would be transferring to Eugene.

Oregon head basketball coach Dana Altman said he'd spoken with Providence coaches before recruiting Austin.

Background: Timeline of UO investigation

We felt like this was something that was not of a serious nature and we'd be able to move on from there, said Altman in an online interview with GoDucks.com.

Exactly three months later, Austin found himself in a similar situation. Austin and two other Oregon basketball players were accused of sexually assaulting a female student.

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In police reports, that victim said the men forced her to have sex with them at an off-campus house party and later sexually assaulted her again after she accompanied them to an apartment.

The district attorney declined to prosecute the case because of conflicting statements and actions by the victim.

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