UNC Coach Hatchell Accused of Racial Insensitivity

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A week after news broke that the entire University of North Carolina women's basketball coaching staff had been placed on administrative leave come specifics as to grievances involving head coach Sylvia Hatchell.

According to The New York Times, the families of several UNC players complained last week of racially insensitive remarks by Hatchell, detailing their concerns in a meeting that some university officials attended in Chapel Hill while athletic director Bubba Cunningham joined by video conference. The meeting came five days after the Tar Heels suffered a 20-point loss to California in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament, their first tournament appearance in four seasons.

The staff suspensions followed immediately, and the university launched an investigation. Though the measures seemed abrupt to some, reports indicate that Hatchell, who's been at North Carolina for 33 years, had been causing unease on the team for at least the past two seasons.

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