Legendary UNC basketball coach faces probe over racially insensitive remarks

first_imgUS sports NCAA women’s tournament: UConn and Notre Dame renew rivalry in Final Four North Carolina Read more ‘Why can’t 100% of jobs go to women?’ McGraw wants change in college basketball Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell is under investigation over allegations that she tried to force players to compete despite serious injuries and made a series of racially insensitive remarks, including telling her players they would be “hanged from trees with nooses” if they didn’t improve, according to a Washington Post report published on Thursday citing seven people with knowledge of the probe.Hatchell’s attorney, Wade Smith, said on Thursday that players misconstrued comments she made as racist and that she wouldn’t try to force someone to play without clearance from medical staff. Topics Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Hatchell, a 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, is the winningest women’s basketball coach in Atlantic Coast Conference history. She has a career record of 1,023-405 and is 751-325 mark in 33 years at UNC with a national title in 1994.The 67-year-old icon became the third women’s coach in Division I with 1,000 career victories in 2017, made her 23rd career NCAA tournament appearance last month and is the only coach with national championships at three levels – AIAW, NAIA and NCAA.She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2013, underwent chemotherapy through March 2014 and returned the following season to lead the Tar Heels to a 26-9 finish. The program also spent several seasons under the shadow of the school’s multi-year NCAA academic case dealing with irregular courses featuring significant athlete enrollments across numerous sports, a case that reached a no-penalty conclusion in October 2017.Hatchell received a contract extension in September 2016 that runs through the end of next season.North Carolina went 18-15 this season with upsets of top-10 teams North Carolina State and defending national champions Notre Dame, who are playing in this weekend’s Final Four. The Tar Heels lost to California in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the first trip there since 2015. Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on Messengercenter_img College sports Read more Support The Guardian Basketball Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp College basketball … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest The school placed Hatchell and her coaching staff on paid administrative leave Monday amid player concerns while a law firm conducts a review of the program. The Post, citing six unnamed parents of players, said complaints were about inappropriate racial comments and players being pushed to play while hurt.In a statement to the Associated Press, Smith says Hatchell “does not have a racist bone in her body” and “cares deeply about (players’) health and well-being”.School spokesman Steve Kirschner said Monday in a statement that the review is “due to issues raised by student-athletes and others”. He did not specify what those issues were.He said the university has hired a Charlotte-based law firm to conduct the review and “assess the culture” of the program. He said there was no timetable but added the review will be “thorough and prompt”.In a statement on Monday, Hatchell said she will cooperate fully with the review.“I’ve had the privilege of coaching more than 200 young women during my 44 years in basketball,” Hatchell said. “My goal has always been to help them become the very best people they can be, on the basketball court and in life.“I love each and every one of the players I’ve coached and would do anything to encourage and support them. They are like family to me. I love them all.” Reuse this contentlast_img

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