As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes is being investigated for player mistreatment. Swoopes is the head coach at the Loyola University of Chicago.
Jermaine Truax, the deputy athletic director and sports administrator for women's basketball shared a statement with the Chicago Sun-Times on the situation.
"Any time there are allegations of student-athlete mistreatment, it is more than concerning.The welfare of our student-athletes is paramount. Thus, the Loyola University Chicago Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has asked for an independent and comprehensive university investigation into the women’s basketball program."
He further stated Swoopes is "cooperating with the investigation" that is going on.
Swoopes led the Ramblers to a 14-16 regular season record this past season, finishing fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference. The previous year - Swoopes' second season as head coach - the Ramblers went 6-25 overall, and five players transferred at the conclusion of the year.
This year the school newspaper, the Loyola Phoenix, reported 10 of the 13 expected returning players had plans to transfer from Loyola because they do not like how they have been treated by Swoopes.
Swoopes has an extensive list of accolades from when she was playing in college and the professional level. It was just weeks ago that she was inducted into the Class of 2016 Naismith Hall of Fame for her standout playing career. However, before coming to Loyola, she did not have much head coaching experience under her belt.
With the investigation underway, Truax wants to "resolve these allegations" understanding the importance it is to create an environment the student-athletes want to be a part of.