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Stormeo



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PostPosted: 09/03/20 5:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It's getting messier. Stollings is now preparing to sue Texas Tech over her firing.

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Stollings said there was nothing in the [USA Today] article that was previously unknown to Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt. He told USA Today for its story that the school had taken "appropriate steps to improve the relationship and communication between coaches and student-athletes" and indicated Stollings would stay in her position.

Stollings said Hocutt continued to assure her of that even after the article's publication on Aug. 5, and added that she was shocked when he did an about-face a few hours later. He then met with the Texas Tech players that day and the next, before firing Stollings. Hocutt said on a videoconference call Aug. 7 that the school had failed the players and "we're going to get this right."


Quite a bit of stuff in this new article overall.



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PostPosted: 09/03/20 6:07 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Stormeo wrote:
It's getting messier. Stollings is now preparing to sue Texas Tech over her firing.

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Stollings said there was nothing in the [USA Today] article that was previously unknown to Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt. He told USA Today for its story that the school had taken "appropriate steps to improve the relationship and communication between coaches and student-athletes" and indicated Stollings would stay in her position.

Stollings said Hocutt continued to assure her of that even after the article's publication on Aug. 5, and added that she was shocked when he did an about-face a few hours later. He then met with the Texas Tech players that day and the next, before firing Stollings. Hocutt said on a videoconference call Aug. 7 that the school had failed the players and "we're going to get this right."


Quite a bit of stuff in this new article overall.


It doesn't sound as clear-cut as the original article made it out to be.


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PostPosted: 09/03/20 7:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

How does one "clear their name" in a situation like this? Get every student to walk back their comments and apologize in public, with members of the press present? Won't ever happen.

Flawed evaluation processes can be reason enough to file suit if you can show harm (looks like can here - $$$), and should be fixed to the extent that they exist. But even if the process that the AD used to fire her was flawed, it does not necessarily clear Stollings or any members of her staff of any alleged wrong-doing.


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PostPosted: 09/05/20 6:29 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The toxic culture didn't start in Lubbock.

"In 2001, Stollings began the first of two seasons as an assistant coach at New Mexico State under Nikita Lowry Dawkins, who was then named Nikita Lowry. Early in 2003, New Mexico State fired Lowry following an internal investigation that found that Lowry was physically and verbally abusive towards players." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlene_Stollings#cite_note-toxic_culture-6

Stollings hired Lowry Dawkins as an assistant at Texas Tech.


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PostPosted: 09/07/20 5:57 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Carol Anne wrote:
The toxic culture didn't start in Lubbock.

"In 2001, Stollings began the first of two seasons as an assistant coach at New Mexico State under Nikita Lowry Dawkins, who was then named Nikita Lowry. Early in 2003, New Mexico State fired Lowry following an internal investigation that found that Lowry was physically and verbally abusive towards players." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlene_Stollings#cite_note-toxic_culture-6

Stollings hired Lowry Dawkins as an assistant at Texas Tech.


Yes. However, as far as I know, the investigation at NMSU was about Dawkins, and did not target Stollings. In fact, Stollings was named interim HC at UNM, while the investigation to Dawkins was happening.




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Hoopsmom



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PostPosted: 09/08/20 1:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

OutdoorsKid wrote:
Carol Anne wrote:
The toxic culture didn't start in Lubbock.

"In 2001, Stollings began the first of two seasons as an assistant coach at New Mexico State under Nikita Lowry Dawkins, who was then named Nikita Lowry. Early in 2003, New Mexico State fired Lowry following an internal investigation that found that Lowry was physically and verbally abusive towards players." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlene_Stollings#cite_note-toxic_culture-6

Stollings hired Lowry Dawkins as an assistant at Texas Tech.


Yes. However, as far as I know, the investigation at UNM was about Dawkins, and did not target Stollings. In fact, Stollings was named interim HC at UNM, while the investigation to Dawkins was happening.


Actually at NMSU, not UNM.


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PostPosted: 09/08/20 8:54 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Yes. I've now corrected the post, but the correction did not carry through in the quote. It was NMSU, not UNM.


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PostPosted: 09/22/20 8:44 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

And now the softball coach is gone.

Seems like there needs to be some serious housecleaning going on there. Starting with the administration.
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Six weeks after a USA TODAY Sports investigation led to the firing of Texas Tech’s women’s basketball coach amid allegations of player abuse, the school’s softball coach resigned Tuesday night amid similar circumstances.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/college/softball/2020/09/22/texas-tech-softball-coach-resigns-after-review-program/3497923001/



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