Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Fired USF Basketball Coach Should Be Reinstated, Judge Says

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Fired USF Basketball Coach Should Be Reinstated, Judge Says

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TAMPA, FLA.

A judge recently recommended that the fired coach of the University of South Florida's women's basketball team be reinstated, saying the university did not prove she mistreated the team's Black players.

Jerry Ann Winters should receive back pay for the months she has been out of a job and be returned to the head coach's spot, said Florida Division of Administrative Hearings Judge William F. Quattlebaum.

"It's a great relief for Coach Winters," says her attorney Robert McKee, who said Winters wants to return to her job despite what has transpired. "I think she was relieved. She's happy for some good news after being beat up over this."

But USF President Judy Genshaft issued a statement saying the university stands behind its case against Winters and says the judge had a "technical" disagreement without saying how USF conducted its investigation.

"No quibbling over policy can change the facts," Genshaft said in the statement. …

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