Sheryl Swoopes investigation ongoing, but new allegations emerge

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Former WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes, the Loyola head coach, was named to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame last month. (AP)

Six weeks after Loyola launched an investigation of women’s basketball coach Sheryl Swoopes, more allegations were leveled at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer on Sunday.

The coaching staff took laptops and books away from players during road trips and told them to focus on basketball, sources confirmed.

Athletic director Steve Watson texted players to set up meetings with a third-party investigator despite the investigation being independent of the athletic department, according to the Loyola Phoenix student newspaper, which also claimed Swoopes once threw a water cup at a player.

Law firm Dykema is helping with the investigation, sources confirmed, and has reached out to former players. Loyola’s athletic department did not immediately comment.

Last month, 10 players declared their intent to transfer, many citing emotional abuse by Swoopes, the former star player hired in 2013 despite limited coaching experience.

Loyola has yet to announce the investigation’s findings.

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