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Why Did 28 Players + Coaches Quit Indiana University’s Women’s Basketball Team? Its Anti-Lez Coach, Perhaps

Shann Hart and Chanel Spriggs, the head and assistant coach, respectively, of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ women’s basketball team, stand accused of “emotional abuse” after allegedly turning the team into a place where they quiz players on whether they’re dykes.

A three-member panel, led by a retired judge, is investigating allegations Hart (pictured, at left) and Spriggs created “an atmosphere of fear, favoritism, humiliation and inappropriate interest in their personal lives,” as claimed by 11 players. The Indianapolis Star says one player told the newspaper “Hart asked explicitly about her sexual orientation. Others described a reckless postgame rant by the coach that centered on accusations of players breaking team rules by becoming involved in intimate relationships with each other.” And yes: Indiana Equality is involved, reaching out to university president Michael McRobbie about the allegations; the panel’s findings will be reported to him and the school’s board of trustees, though it’s unclear whether the panel will also make a recommendation about if and how to discipline Hart and Spriggs.

IUPUI’s women’s team has seen a stunning number of people leave. In the past four seasons alone, 28 players and assistant coaches have quit. That includes 19 scholarship players; quitting the team would likely mean they would have to leave school or start paying full tuition.

Now quick, come up with a sports metaphor to describe this whole situation!