The University of Evansville fired men’s basketball coach Walter McCarty on Tuesday amid an external investigation into “reports of alleged sexual misconduct and violations of the University’s Title IX policy,” the school said in a statement.
The school said it had warned McCarty last year about “inappropriate off-court behavior with members of our campus community.” It had placed McCarty on administrative leave in December.
Since placing McCarty on leave and starting the investigation, the statement said, the school received “additional reports of alleged misconduct” by McCarty, an Evansville, Ind., native who was named head coach in March 2018 after a number of seasons as an NBA assistant.
“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,” the school said. “There is no place at UE for any behavior by any university employee or student that jeopardizes the safety and security of others.”
The school also found that McCarty attempted to improperly influence witnesses, Evansville President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz told members of the school community in a memo obtained by ESPN.
McCarty, who had been placed on leave in late December, went 20-25 during his Evansville tenure. Todd Lickliter, an assistant on McCarty’s staff this past season and the former head coach at Butler and Iowa, was named as McCarty’s permanent replacement after signing a multiyear deal, the school announced. Lickliter twice took the Bulldogs to the Sweet 16, earning national coach of the year honors in 2006-07.
On Nov. 12, the Purple Aces scored one of the biggest wins in program history with a victory at then-No. 1 Kentucky, the program that McCarty had helped win the national championship as a player in 1996. As a 25-point underdog, Evansville’s win was the third-biggest men’s college basketball upset of the past 15 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Matt Bonesteel