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Evansville fires coach McCarty amid investigation

Field Level Media
22 Jan 2020, 11:55 GMT+10

Walter McCarty was fired Tuesday as Evansville's head basketball coach in the midst of a university investigation into alleged sexual misconduct and possible Title IX violations, the school announced.

McCarty had been on administrative leave since late December.

In the statement announcing the firing, the school referenced that it "has received additional reports of alleged misconduct" by McCarty since an investigation was launched on Dec. 27 into "reports of alleged sexual misconduct and violations of the University's Title IX policy."

An independent investigation is still in the process of being conducted by a national law firm after the school previously said it "received a troubling report about Coach McCarty's interactions with a member of the campus community."

The statement also stated, "While the investigation of potential Title IX violations will continue under University policies, UE has decided that, based on the facts uncovered thus far, it is necessary to terminate Mr. McCarty's employment immediately."

Assistant coach Bennie Seltzer will continue to run the Purple Aces, who got off to a 9-4 this season and stunned then-No. 1-ranked Kentucky 67-64 on Nov. 12. Since Seltzer took over, Evansville has lost all six games.

McCarty, a native of Evansville, Ind., was a former member of the Kentucky Wildcats and an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers. He was hired by Evansville in March 2018, and he led the team to an 11-21 record in 2018-19.

McCarty's resume also includes time as an assistant under Rick Pitino at Louisville from 2007-10. He played 10 seasons in the NBA, primarily with the Celtics, after three seasons at Kentucky from 1993-96 that included an NCAA championship in 1996 under Pitino.

McCarty, who turns 46 on Feb. 1, was the 19th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks.

--Field Level Media

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