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“Racist Beyond Comprehension” Brandeis Women’s Basketball Players Require Coach’s Resignation

“Racist Beyond Comprehension” Brandeis Women’s Basketball Players Require Coach’s Resignation “Racist Beyond Comprehension” Brandeis Women’s Basketball Players Require Coach’s Resignation

All 11 players on the Brandeis University women’s basketball team have announced that they will quit the team if head coach Carol Simon does not resign.

Carol Simon has been the head coach at Brandeis since 1987. She holds an overall record of 692-647, which is not the most stellar record. The Judges haven’t had an overall winning record since the 2019-2020 season, when they just barely pulled off a 13-12 record. They haven’t had a winning record in their conference since the 2009-2010 season, when they went 9-5.

In an interview with the Boston Globe, the current Brandeis players have accused Simon of racism, toxic behavior, pushing injured players too far, and poor communication. 

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The players detailed specific instances, such as telling an athlete without being asked, “I would never recruit an all-Black team.” She also encouraged a player with a concussion to lie to the trainers about the severity of her symptoms, forced a player to play with long COVID, which resulted in pneumonia, and pressured a player to start physical therapy one day after tearing ligaments in her ankle. 

In July of 2023, Deadspin published an article saying that Simon violated Brandeis’ Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence by using the N-word in a story about two Black men and “used her interpretation of what these two Black men sounded like while gesticulating.” This article was published right before Carol Simon was placed on administrative leave for the 2023-2024 season.

The Investigation

The Judges went 5-20 this year without Coach Simon, which is only one loss worse than the season prior. The players credit this year's losing season to the lack of resources available and the fact that acting head coach Jill Latanowich had no prior head coaching experience, and assistant coach Lauren Rubinstein had no coaching experience at all.

On March 28th of this year, athletes were told in a Zoom meeting that after their investigation, the administration didn’t find any violations of school policies by Simon and she would be reinstated for the 2024-2025 season. Athletes reported being completely shocked by this decision, as most of them assumed they would be getting a new coach for the upcoming season. 

Three days ago, Simon received her first rating on the 2aDays site. As you might have guessed, it’s not a positive one. The anonymous person headlined the rating by saying “Racist beyond comprehension.” The subject only said,

“Well, let’s just say she doesn’t like black people.”

Requesting Resignation

On April 16th, all 11 players of the women’s basketball team sent a letter to Carol Simon. Part of the letter stated,

"We implore you to consider the best interests of the team. If you genuinely care about the well-being of the team and each player and the success of the program, you will realize that stepping down is the best course of action. A change in leadership is essential to address the deep-rooted issues and restore trust and confidence among the players."

Six years ago, Brandeis University fired the men's basketball coach, Brian Meehan, after discrimination complaints came out against him. The women's basketball team expected their investigation to go similarly, however, they have been instead forced to leave their head coach with an ultimatum.

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