Texas Tech women's basketball players accused coach Marlene Stollings and her staff of fostering a culture of abuse that led to an exodus from the program, according to a report published Wednesday.
Players dreaded a heart monitoring system they said was misused in punitive ways, had to endure demeaning and threatening comments and were subject to sexually suggestive behavior from a strength coach who has since resigned, according to the report.
Several players said coaches and staff berated post players with remarks such as "fat pig" and "grossly out of shape" and "gross disproportional."
The players made the claims over the past two years in season-ending exit interviews that were obtained through an open records request by the Intercollegiate, an investigative media outlet for college sports. The details were published by USA Today.
Texas Tech hired Stollings away from the Gophers in 2018.
Over two years, 12 of 21 players left the program, including seven recruited under Stollings, according to the report. She defended her program in a statement to the newspaper.
Athletic director Kirby Hocutt said a four-person committee conducted a review of the program, and said the review had been discussed with Stollings. Hocutt said he was "confident we are taking appropriate steps to improve the relationship and communication between coaches and student-athletes."
Buffs' Wright elects to play senior season
McKinley Wright IV will be back for season No. 4 at Colorado. The point guard from Champlin Park tested the NBA draft process before announcing a return for his senior year.
It's a big boost for a Buffaloes team coming off a 21-11 campaign in 2019-20. Wright was an All-Pac-12 first team selection, along with an all-defensive team pick.
"We've got unfinished business," said Wright, who averaged 14.4 points and 5.0 assists per game last season.
NFLPA president wants daily testing
Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA President J.C. Tretter will push for daily COVID-19 testing during training camp as the NFL moves slowly toward the start of the season.
Tretter, who elected to play in 2020 as his wife, Anna, expects the couple's first child, said players being tested every day would eliminate some of the lag time in getting results that has led to problems during Major League Baseball's start to the season.
As part of their agreement to open camps, the league and players decided testing would be done on a daily basis for the first two weeks of camp and revert to every other day so long as teams kept their positive rates low.
AROUND THE HORN
Cycling: Fabio Jakobsen was put into an induced coma after suffering head and chest injuries in a crash on the final stretch of the Tour de Pologne race in southern Poland, organizers said. Sprinting for the win at the end of the event's opening stage, Jakobsen was sent flying into the side barriers after a collision with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen.
WNBA: Liberty rookie Sabrina Ionescu is headed to New York to see an ankle and foot specialist. The top pick in the draft was diagnosed with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain after getting hurt Friday at the WNBA's bubble in Bradenton, Fla.
College football: Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will make $2.5 million a year under a new three-year deal reached after his flirtation with the Colorado head coaching job.