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South Carolina cancels women’s basketball series with BYU over racial allegations

In this March 27, 2022 file photo, South Carolina coach Dawn Staley speaks with officials during the first half of a college basketball game against Creighton during the Elite 8 round of the NCAA Tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Gerry Broome, Associated Press).

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PROVO — The fallout from the alleged racism incident during last week’s BYU women’s volleyball game against Duke took an unfortunate toll on Friday afternoon.

South Carolina has canceled its home-and-home women’s basketball series with the Cougars, head coach Dawn Staley said in a statement.

The Gamecocks are set to begin a two-game series against BYU in their home opener in Columbia, South Carolina, on November 7, and have been contracted for a return trip to Provo during the 2023-24 season. A new opponent has yet to be decided, according to the school.

“My job as head coach is to do what’s best for my players and staff,” Staley said in a statement released by the state of South Carolina. I’ve come to appreciate it, but I don’t feel now is the right time to join this series.

South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said he supports the coach’s decision.

“Dawn and I have discussed her thoughts on the situation,” Tanner said in a statement. “

Staley said during BYU’s home volleyball game with Duke that sophomore Rachel Richardson cited racist slurs against her and other black teammates at Duke as the reason for canceling the series. BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmo and other officials were quick to denounce racism in opening an investigation, citing an incident in which Duke allegedly used Defamation is indefinitely banned from campus athletic events, fans said.

“I ask everyone at every game that represents BYU to have the courage to stand up and to be able to care for each other,” Holmo said to a crowd of fewer than 5,700, which set an attendance record of 5,700. Last Friday night, Smith Fieldhouse said, “And more importantly, we invite you to come and perform so that we may become disciples of Christ and show it in every way possible.” I am a guest who will

BYU police said in the incident report that the department found no direct evidence that the slander was said, and that the responding officer, although not a BYU student, was sitting near the BYU student section. A slur for a standing fan.

The day after the incident, Holmoe called on BYU’s student section to respect guests, especially athletes from other schools, on campus. BYU has already updated its fan code of conduct, which will be read at all sporting events on campus, starting with Monday’s women’s soccer game and ending with this week’s BYU Nike Invitational women’s volleyball tournament in Provo.

That tournament, like last Saturday’s game, will be played without the student section directly behind the server on the south side of Smith Fieldhouse. BYU has said it is undecided how the space will be used going forward, but will reserve it for non-competing teams to scout their opponents during the invite.

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A proud graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Walker has been covering BYU for KSL.com since 2015, but also preparatory sports, education, and whatever else his editor has assigned him. I’m mixing.

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