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Players allege mistreatment by Loyola coach Sheryl Swoopes

Sheryl Swoopes, who won four WNBA titles with

Sheryl Swoopes, who won four WNBA titles with the Houston Comets, is under fire as women's basketball coach at Loyola (Chicago). Photo Credit: AP / Charlie Neibergall

Chicago’s Loyola University plans to investigate its women’s basketball program after allegations of player mistreatment surfaced involving the team coached by Sheryl Swoopes.

The investigation will be conducted by the university, team spokesman Leo Krause said Saturday.

The details of the allegations have not been released, but Krause confirmed that 10 of the 12 players who were expected to return from the current team have been granted or asked for releases to transfer from the private Chicago university.

Deputy director of athletics Jermaine Truax said in a statement released Friday night that the allegations are “more than concerning.” Truax added that Swoopes is aware of the investigation and “will fully cooperate.”

“We look forward to learning how we can resolve these allegations and improve the student-athlete experience within the women’s basketball program,” Truax said.

Swoopes has coached at Loyola for three seasons, and her teams have gone a combined 31-62. She was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this month.

She was hired in 2013 with only limited coaching experience, having served as an assistant at Mercer Island High School in Washington state in 2010, according to Loyola’s website.

Swoopes led Texas Tech to the 1993 NCAA title and was the first player signed by the WNBA. She won four straight titles with the Houston Comets and earned three Olympic gold medals.

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