Kean women's coach fired
|Michele Sharp's team found
itself the focus of an NCAA investigation.
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Kean women’s basketball coach Michele Sharp has been reassigned within the athletic department, according to a report in the Newark Star-Ledger.
Sharp, who is in her 14th season as the Cougars’ head coach, led a team that is 15-3 but a program that is facing allegations of NCAA wrongdoing. The NCAA informed the university this past fall that the Division III Committee on Infractions found five infranctions, four involving women’s basketball.
Glen Hedden, athletic director for 22 years, was fired after blowing the whistle on grade-changing taking place at the school, specifically in women’s basketball. Hedden has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the school.
"Kean University Athletic Director Chris Morgan has relieved Michele Sharp of her duties as head coach of the Women's Basketball program and reassigned her to another position within the Athletics Department," the university said in a statement cited by the newspaper. "Mr. Morgan said his decision was in the best interests of the student athletes and the university."
When the newspaper reached Sharp for comment, she said, "I have nothing to say to you.
"You guys don't really want the truth, so I have nothing to say
to you," Sharp also added.
"No comment is my comment."