Texas Tech Sacks Marlene Stollings After Report Alleges Abusive Program

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech fired female basketball coach Marlene Stollings on Thursday, a day after a scathing report alleging a culture of abuse in its program.Sporting director Kirby Hocutt announced the firing in a one-sentence statement while adding that he planned to make the decision on Friday.

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.

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