CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina has put its women's basketball coaching staff on administrative leave as part of a review of the program.
The university's athletic department says the review is because of "issues raised by student-athletes and others."
"The Charlotte-based firm Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein will conduct the review and assess the culture of the women’s basketball program and the experience of our student-athletes," the university said in a statement released Monday.
UNC Women's Basketball Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell released the following statement on Monday:
"I’ve had the privilege of coaching more than 200 young women during my 44 years in basketball. My goal has always been to help them become the very best people they can be, on the basketball court and in life.
I love each and every one of the players I’ve coached and would do anything to encourage and support them. They are like family to me. I love them all.
Of course, I will cooperate fully in this review. I look forward to a prompt conclusion of this matter and the continuation of our very successful women’s basketball program."
UNC says the staff will be on leave while the review takes place. The review will be 'thorough and prompt' with no timetable for completion.
The university had no further comment.