Just Wednesday morning, the Texas Tech community was hit with a bombshell when USA Today reported players accusing Texas Tech of having a toxic women’s basketball program. It took athletic director Kirby Hocutt less than 48 hours after the report came out to decide that head coach Marlene Stollings would not be a part of this program’s future.
Texas Tech has announced the termination of women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings. pic.twitter.com/NPxlbPfGmD— Carlos Silva Jr. (@cmsilvajr) August 7, 2020
Stollings had been the leading the Lady Raiders for the past two seasons, achieving a 31-27 record. Just last season, the Lady Raiders achieved their first winning season in six years, and had a player drafted in the WNBA draft for the first time in 14 years.
Though the program was trending positively in the wins column, player morale seemed to have been trending negatively. Over a dozen players have transferred out of her program in the past two off seasons as well as two assistants leaving the program.
All that came to a head when USA Today released their article shining a light on the women’s basketball program as a whole. Players interviewed called the program manipulative, toxic and abusive. Claims of verbal, physical and sexual abuse were made towards Stollings and her staff.
Kirby Hocutt already knew about some of these allegations, but the noise became too loud and despite the potential wins, he finally had to let Stollings go.