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TAMPA, FL - APRIL 05: Head coach Dawn Staley of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the NCAA Women's Final Four Semifinal at Amalie Arena on April 5, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Dawn Staley, South Carolina’s head basketball coach, has filed a lawsuit against Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk. This all stems from a South Carolina-Missouri basketball game last month in which Sterk accused South Carolina women’s basketball fans of spitting on Missouri players and using racial slurs during the event.

“It wasn’t a great atmosphere. It was really kind of unhealthy, if you will. We had players spit on, and called the N-word, and things like that,” Sterk said on KTGR radio in Missouri, as transcribed by The State. “It was not a good environment and unfortunately, I think coach Staley promoted that kind of atmosphere, and it’s unfortunate that she felt she had to do that.”

At the time, Staley responded in kind:

“The accusations are serious and false,” Staley said. “And they will be handled in a manner reflective of those facts.”

Obviously, this is a still developing and fluid story. That being said, it isn’t often (ever?) that we see a head coach sue another school’s athletic director.

Dawn Staley is only the second person in the women’s game to have played on a top-ranked team (Virginia) and coached another. This entire thing is a huge deal.

Joseph has been covering college basketball for nearly a decade. He's also the co-host of the Off The Wall podcast. Marty Jannetty is better than HBK.
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