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Texas Tech fires Marlene Stollings after report alleging abusive program

NCAA Basketball: Baylor at Texas Tech

Texas Tech has fired women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings on Thursday, a day after a report came regarding the abuse and culture inside the program.

Included in some of the allegations within the report, players feared a heart monitoring system they said was misused in punitive ways, had to endure demeaning and threatening comments, and were subject to sexually suggestive behavior from a strength coach who resigned.

Over two years, 12 of 21 players left the program, including seven of her own recruits. Hocutt initially defended the coach as well, saying he was confident steps were being taken to improve communication in the program following a review by a four-person committee.


Stollings was known as a rebuilder. She had previously turned around the programs at Minnesota and VCU ad was in the process of doing the same at Texas Tech, as the Red Raiders went 7-23 in her first season and then 18-11 this past year, which obviously was shortened due to the pandemic.

Several players said coaches and staff berated post players with remarks such as “fat pig,” “grossly out of shape” and “gross disproportional.”

Meantime, strength coach Ralph Petrella allegedly threatened players with violence and made sexually suggestive remarks, with a player accusing him of reaching under her sports bra and spandex shorts as part of a technique to recover from physical exertion.

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