Why Was Texas Tech Singled Out in Abuse Allegations?
I'm not here to defend Coach Stollings; I'm wondering who put the spotlight on us.
I certainly don't agree with the way Coach Stollings and/or her team of coaches allegedly treated the Lady Raider basketball players. Some of the allegations are despicable (taking a player's dog -- really?). The Texas Tech athletics director and school itself dealt with the situation promptly and should be commended.
All of this gives me this nagging feeling that Texas Tech is far from being the only guilty party here. My guess is that many of these coaching techniques are in use at a lot of college sports programs. I just don't think that we're that unique here; we were just the ones that got caught with our hands in the proverbial cookie car.
So why us? Did a grumpy recruit report us at a competing school? Does somebody have an axe to grind with Texas Tech? It just seems like we were targeted straight up out of nowhere.
Once again, I don't condone the way these girls were allegedly treated. Hopefully, Texas Tech isn't the only domino to fall in cleaning up college sports.
Lastly, I had the pleasure of meeting many of these players last year at Nightmare On 19th Street, and I can say that they were the sweetest, nicest and best group of athletes that I have ever met. They don't deserve this negative spotlight, and they didn't deserve to have abuse heaped on them. I hope things work out for the best.