George Washington Fires Basketball Coach Over Behavior

September 19, 2016

George Washington University announced Saturday that it was dismissing its men's basketball coach, Mike Lonergan, amid charges that he had verbally abused players and acted irrationally. The Washington Post reported in July that some of the head coach's players had complained to administrators about how he treated them, following a significant number of transfers to other institutions in recent years. Lonergan dismissed the players' complaints at the time as anonymous griping.

The university's statement, from Provost Forrest Maltzman, said that its investigation into the charges "concluded that Coach Lonergan had engaged in conduct inconsistent with the university’s values."

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