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McCallie Evaluation: Some Insights

The Herald-Sun's Steve Wiseman has some fairly pointed comments about the controversy.

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Mar 4, 2016; Greensboro, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Joanne P. McCallie reacts against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the second half during the women's ACC conference tournament at Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Notre Dame beat Duke 83-54.
Mar 4, 2016; Greensboro, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Joanne P. McCallie reacts against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the second half during the women's ACC conference tournament at Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Notre Dame beat Duke 83-54.
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At Duke, Coach Joanne P. McCallie is being "evaluated," but as ESPN points out, it's part of a broader pattern in women's basketball.

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Loyola is investigating Sheryl Swoopes, Nebraska's Connie Yori resigned under pressure, partly for how players were allegedly treated, and at Iowa State a former player is actually suing her coach. Seven players at Illinois settled with their coach.

ESPN spoke to the Herald-Sun's Steve Wiseman, who said this: "[There  are] a lot of allegations that don't rise to criminal but [which suggest] mistreatment and kind of a negative atmosphere.

[Allegations against the program have] been out there for years actually...nothing as serious as this...the team's video coordinator, a player from back in the '90s, very well liked, kind of left abruptly at the end of January. Some say she was fired, some say she quit under protest. That kind of got things going a little more...some ex-players...sent letters to the president...complaining about their experiences under Coach McCallie.

We don't know Wiseman and after the Herald-Sun's disgraceful performance in the lacrosse situation we have no faith in the paper anymore. That said, the suggestion that allegations have been around "for years" is striking as are the letters to President Brodhead. We'd like to know how many and when they were received and what was subsequently done.

Update: we should have made clear that our lack of faith in the Herald-Sun does not extend to Wiseman. The Herald-Sun proved that it would prostitute itself in the lacrosse situation. There's a loss of trust there that's permanent...but it's not Wisemans' fault or problem.