Charges Against Illinois Women's Basketball Program

May 19, 2015

Former players are charging that the women's basketball program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has abused players in a number of ways, The Chicago Tribune reported. Former players accuse coaches of, among other things, forcing athletes to play when suffering from injuries, verbally abusing players and engaging in racially divisive tactics, such as referencing the race of players and considering separate practices for black athletes. The university -- which is already investigating allegations of forcing football players to play while injured -- is investigating. Thus far, the university says, it has not found wrongdoing. However, the university announced that an associate coach, Mike Divilbiss, has left his position.

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