UNC puts women’s basketball staff on leave pending program review

CLEVELAND - APRIL 01: Head coach Sylvia Hatchell of the North Carolina Tar Heels talks with her players during a timeout against the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during their National Semifinal game of the 2007 NCAA Women's Final Four at the Quicken Loans Arena on April 1, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio. Tennessee won 56-50. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina announced Monday that it is conducting an investigation into the women’s basketball program, according to WTVD.

The entire women’s basketball coaching staff has been placed on paid administrative leave while the review takes place, UNC-Chapel Hill said.

“The University of North Carolina is committed to the well-being of our student-athletes and to ensuring that they have the best experience possible in and outside of competition. Due to issues raised by student-athletes and others, the University has initiated a review of our women’s basketball program,” the university said in a statement.

The Charlotte-based firm Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein will conduct the review and assess the women’s basketball program.

UNC officials did not give a timetable for the investigation, but said the “review will be thorough and prompt.”

The women’s basketball team went 18-15 this season and finished 8-8 in the ACC.

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