UMass said Tuesday that an outside investigator found no evidence to support allegations made in a lawsuit against four men’s basketball coaches.
The lawsuit was filed by a former girlfriend of one of the coaches. It said two of them threatened her to keep quiet about things she’d learned about the basketball team and its staff — specifically, drug use and domestic violence. The suit said head coach Derek Kellogg, who was not at the meeting, encouraged a cover-up.
UMass initially declined to comment on Monday, citing pending litigation, other than to say Kellogg — who was fired last week — was not let go because of the lawsuit.
But in a new statement, UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford said that when officials heard about the allegations in December, they hired an investigator. He said that review found no evidence to support any of the allegations.
A spokesperson for the athletic department refused to provide a copy of the independent review, citing attorney-client privilege and an exemption in the state’s public records law for personnel matters.