The players have made abuse claims over the past two years in end-of-season interviews which were obtained through a request for records opened by The Intercollegiate, an investigative media for college sports. Details were released by USA Today.
According to the report, players feared a heart monitoring system they said had been misused for punitive purposes, had to endure degrading and threatening comments and were subjected to the sexually suggestive behavior of a strength trainer who has since resigned. .
Players said coaching staff demanded that they maintain a heart rate of at least 90% of their capacity during games and that they risk wasted playing time or more conditioning work if they did not. A director of pediatric sports medicine said maintaining such a high heart rate would be “very difficult” to do.In two years, 12 of the 21 players left the program, including seven recruited under Stollings, according to the report. She defended her agenda in a statement to the newspaper.
Hocutt also defended the coach initially, saying he was confident steps were being taken to improve communication in the program following a review of the program by a four-person committee.
After the report was released, Hocutt said he spent more than an hour meeting with players and more than two hours chatting with players and coaches and that those discussions would continue on Thursday. The shooting was announced Thursday evening.
The season cut short by the pandemic that ended in March was Stollings’ second at Texas Tech. She had previously reversed the Minnesota and VCU schedules and did the same with the Red Raiders, a once proud schedule that had fallen on hard times. Texas Tech was 18-11 in the Stollings’ second season after 7-23 the year before he arrived.
Emma Merriweather, a center who transferred to Kansas, said she made fun of her weight in front of male basketball players and was reprimanded for showing signs of depression. She was later diagnosed with depression.
Center Marcella LaMark said she was called “dangerous” by Stollings because the coach said her physical condition was so far behind that of her teammates. LaMark transferred to Pittsburgh.
Several players said coaches and staff berated post players with remarks such as “fat pig” and “grossly distorted” and “grossly disproportionate”.
Strength coach Ralph Petrella occasionally threatened players with violence and made sexually suggestive remarks, the players said. A player accused him of reaching under her sports bra and spandex shorts as part of a recovery technique after physical exertion.
Petrella, who denied the allegations through his lawyer, resigned about the time the player reported the incident to a Title IX administrator.