SU women's coach Quentin Hillsman investigated for harassment
Fri, 28 Jan 2011 19:41:13 GMT —
The Syracuse University's women's basketball team and its coach are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights after a Title IX sexual harassment complaint was made against the program, according to USA Today.
Former SU player Lynnae Lampkins has accused head coach Quentin Hillsman of inappropriate texting and touching, and says she left the team because she could not be around him. According to an article posted Friday, Lampkins says "He would slap butts and chest bump, and I was very uncomfortable with that."
Lampkins also alleges that Hillsman sent her a text message over the summer that said "I love you, I miss you, I can't wait to see you."
Hillsman denies the allegations, saying in a statement that "This allegation is untrue and hurtful to me and my family. I have coached hundreds of student-athletes and never faced an accusation such as this. Specifically, the student has expressed concerns regarding a text message and conduct by me that occurred on the court. I utilize text messaging to communicate with our players and staff and the text in question was sent to multiple players and reflects my sentiments about the team, not a specific player. If you know me, you know that I am very enthusiastic about the game of basketball and our players. I regret if my enthusiasm was misinterpreted."
Kevin C. Quinn, Syracuse senior vice president for public affairs, told USA Today that the allegations were made to the university last summer and that the school utilized outside counsel to conduct a full investigation. He says in the article, "The investigation found that there was no substance to the allegations and no basis for action to be taken against coach Hillsman. The university, chancellor, and athletic director have full confidence in coach Hillsman and stand behind him."
Hillsman, who lives in Jamesville, has coached the Orange women for the past four years.
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