Legitimized by Holmoe's Athletic Department tweeting an apology and ID'd culprit
Turning it from an accusation into a fact.
But it was all a lie.
Professional communications people would never have confirmed something they had not actually confirmed. That's pure insanity and it took days, and then weeks, of letting it destroy the University's image as they did the actual investigation to then come out to deny it when they should never have confirmed it in the first place.