CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — An advocacy group for college athletes wants the University of Illinois to fire athletic director Mike Thomas, football coach Tim Beckman and others who have been the target of complaints and two lawsuits by former athletes alleging sometimes abusive treatment.
Ramogi Huma is executive director of the National College Players Association. In a letter sent Thursday to Urbana-Champaign campus Chancellor Phyllis Wise and obtained by The Associated Press, he called on her to fire Thomas, Beckman, women’s basketball coach Matt Bollant and others.READ MORE: Thieves Keep Using Postal Master Keys To Steal Mail: How Are They Getting A Hold Of Those Keys?
Seven former women’s basketball players have sued, alleging racist behavior by coaches. Three former football players have lodged complaints about their treatment, too. And a former women’s soccer player has filed suit over medical treatment.READ MORE: SWAT Teams On Scene For Hours As Man Barricades Himself In Lemont Township Home With Child
A university spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.MORE NEWS: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman Has 'Stepped Aside' Following Independent Probe Into 2010 Sexual Assault Claim Against Former Coach
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