Sylvia Hatchell, the basketball trainer for the Women's Hall of Fame at the University of North Carolina, has quit her university less than three weeks after leaving university for a study of her program.
The university announced its resignation on Thursday evening
Ms. Hatchell had been accused of making racially insensitive comments to the team. A lawyer from Ms. Hatchell said his client's words were misquoted or misunderstood.
However, the university's statement states that the investigation, which included interviews with 28 people associated with the program, concluded that there was "widespread support" claims, Mrs. Hatchell I have "made comments that were racially insensitive and did not respond promptly or appropriately when meeting with players and employees."
"The university commissioned a review of our women's basketball program, which found that the program had to go in a new direction," said North Carolina Sports Director, Bubba Cunningham. "It is in the best interests of our university and our student athletes that we do this. Coach Hatchell agrees and has resigned today. I accepted it.
Hatchell was also quoted in the statement. "The basketball game has given me so much, but now it's time for me to take a step back," she said before referring to her fight with cancer, which began in 2013. "I've been considering this idea since my cure." of leukemia.
After the last game of the season, several players' families met with members of the university to raise concerns. This was requested, according to people with knowledge of the meeting, who asked for anonymity because they fear retaliation when they speak publicly. Within days, Ms. Hatchell and her assistants were on leave while a law firm conducted a review.
The future of assistant coaches was not addressed in the statement.
A person with direct knowledge of the allegations told the New York Times that Ms. Hatchell had warned that a loss could lead to "snares" for the players, complaining that their team was "old Mules "and prompted the players to a tomahawk battle cry.
Ms. Hatchell, 67, was trained for 33 years in North Carolina, was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013 and won the national title in 1994.
The last seasons have been less successful. The team finished this season 18-15 and returned to the N.C.A.A. For the first time in four years, a tournament that was lost in the first round.
Several highly respected players have left the program in recent years, notably Diamond DeShields, who moved to Tennessee despite a strong freshman season in 2014.