UWGB Students React to Coach Wardle's Investigation
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CREATED Apr. 12, 2013
Men's basketball Coach Brian Wardle is under investigation for the possible mistreatment of a player.
Today students and staff are reacting to the news. Students were shocked to hear of Coach Wardle's investigation. They say if the allegations are true, they don't want that bad aura around the program.
"It's important that it's thorough and is done right."
University spokesman Chris Sampson says the investigation involving Coach Wardle will include talking to both current and former players, along with coaches.
"And do so with an open mind. The people are free to share details and get at the truth," says Sampson.
The university received a letter from a former player's parents, alleging abusive treatment by Wardle, but not physical abuse.
Word of the investigation is still spreading around campus. "No ones ever said anything about it," says student Jordan Goddard.
Jordan Goddard sometimes does weight training with the team.
"It's surprising to see that something like this can happen so close to home. Especially something so terrible if it is true," says Goddard.
"Definitely looking at maybe firing or asking to resign or something," says student Ashley Marshall.
Now in terms of this investigation affecting recruiting and ticket sales, the University says they're not going to worry about it until it actually becomes a problem.
"We really owe all our attention to to that investigation and not spend time with some of that secondary stuff right now," says Sampson.
Students say coaches "can't cross that line," or they should be dismissed.
Sampson says it should take several weeks to conduct the investigation. Wardle will be allowed to stay on as head basketball coach.