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Duke launches investigation into possible player mistreatment

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Sources inform Swish Appeal an internal investigation has started to look into Coach McCallie and the Duke women's basketball program.

Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

The administration at Duke has begun an investigation into the women's basketball program for the mistreatment of players and coaches, multiple sources tell Swish Appeal.

The Blue Devils are now doing a very thorough investigation of the women's basketball program following the most defections: recent star forward Azurá Stevens (transfer) and Angela Salvadores (leaving program) -- a highly talented freshman.

Duke Legal has already spoken with current players and is planning on interviewing former players, and also former staff members, who have been under Coach Joanne P. McCallie during her tenure at Duke.  There have been multiple departures in her time as head coach, and sources say that it is because of the alleged mistreatment.

Various assistants have also left the Blue Devils for what many perceive are lateral positions. And speculation has it, that some have left not because of the financial situations being better, but because of the way they were treated as overall people under McCallie's leadership.

Update at 5:00 p.m.

Duke has issued the following statement:

"The welfare and success of our student-athletes are among Duke's highest priorities. To that end, we are in the process of conducting an evaluation of the Duke women's basketball program. This effort is led by a Duke human resources professional outside the Athletics Department. Coach McCallie is aware of the evaluation and eager to assist. We look forward to hearing the insights of those involved in the program and any recommendations that may result from this evaluation."

More details as this story develops.