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South Carolina’s Dawn Staley Defends Cancellation of BYU Series Over Baseless Racial Slur Accusation


South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley took a stand when a BYU fan was accused of hurling a racial slur at a Duke women’s volleyball player late last month.

The Gamecocks canceled a two-game series against the BYU women’s team in retaliation for the alleged insult. However, BYU found no evidence that the volleyball player was subjected to racial slurs.

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Head Coach Dawn Staley of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates after defeating the UConn Huskies during the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament championship game on April 3, 2022 in Minneapolis.
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Staley on Wednesday defended the decision to remove games from this year’s and next year’s schedule. She told reporters that since Duke supported Rachel Robinson, she was going to keep her decision.

“I exchanged information with BYU and Duke, and still came to the same conclusion,” he said through the Greenville News. “We’re just going to have to agree to disagree on this one. [Richardson]) come out and say he apologized for hearing something wrong? … That’s her story, and that’s what she’s sticking with. Until he comes out and says that, and I’ll be the first to apologize and say I’m wrong, but that hasn’t come out yet, so I’ll take that.”

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Head Coach Dawn Staley of the South Carolina Gamecocks receives the WBCA Coaches Trophy after defeating the UConn Huskies during the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament championship game on April 3, 2022 in Minneapolis.

Head Coach Dawn Staley of the South Carolina Gamecocks receives the WBCA Coaches Trophy after defeating the UConn Huskies during the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament championship game on April 3, 2022 in Minneapolis.
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BYU completed its investigation into the defamation claim and published its findings on September 9.

Staley also released a statement.

“I continue to defend my position. After my personal investigation, I made a decision for the well-being of my team. I am sorry that my university, my athletic director Ray Tanner and others have been caught up in criticism of a choice I made.” said.

University of South Carolina women's basketball head coach Dawn Staley waits on the grid before pace car practice before the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 4, 2022 in Darlington, South Carolina.

University of South Carolina women’s basketball head coach Dawn Staley waits on the grid before pace car practice before the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 4, 2022 in Darlington, South Carolina.
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South Carolina will enter the 2022-2023 season as the defending national champion.



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