Dawn Staley, one of the most admired coaches in women’s basketball, excited the NCAA on Friday for its approach to her sport and its national tournament – a gathering of 64 teams that the governing body of university sports on Friday received insufficient resources compared to. available in the men’s competition.
“I can not be quiet,” South Carolina coach Staley said at the start of a lengthy statement. Twitter account.
“What we now know is the NCAA’s seasonal messages about ‘being together’ and ‘equality’ about comfort and a good bite for the moment created after the murder of George Floyd,” she later wrote, referring to the Blackman. who was in police custody in Minneapolis last spring. Staley, with the sharpest criticism of Mark Emmert, the NCAA president, said he and other executives of the association are not allowed to ‘use us and our student athletes at ease’.
“Every team here in San Antonio deserves and deserves at least the same respect as the men,” Staley said. “All the teams here have dealt with the same issues as the men’s teams this season; yet their ‘reward’ is different. ‘
Emmert and other NCAA executives acknowledged Friday that there were inequalities, particularly with respect to coronavirus testing and training centers, and in some cases apologized for them. But Staley said Friday night that it was “time for the NCAA leadership to reevaluate the value they attach to women.”