The University of Memphis released new information on an outside review of the women’s basketball program. The review came after complaints by some former players about how they were treated by head coach Melissa McFerrin.
(UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS NEWS RELEASE) – In adherence to its commitment to continuous improvement and ensuring an appropriate atmosphere for its student-athletes, the University of Memphis engaged The Pictor Group (TPG) to conduct a comprehensive review of the women’s basketball program.
“Consistent with our commitment to ensuring a healthy environment for our student-athletes and as a result of a number of player complaints and concerns raised by (head women’s basketball) coach Melissa McFerrin, the University of Memphis engaged The Pictor Group to conduct a comprehensive review of the women’s basketball program,” said UofM President M. David Rudd. “TPG managed an in-depth evaluation of the women’s basketball program including issues related to organizational structure, infrastructure support, culture and the overall experience of our student-athletes. The four-month process included a review of documents and extensive interviews with current and former staff and student-athletes.
“The University is sharing this information as it places the highest value on transparency, integrity and accountability to our student-athletes and the public we serve. The health and well-being of our student-athletes is our highest priority. I have complete confidence in our athletic leadership to develop and implement a plan to address all identified areas of concern, position the program for success and move the Athletic Department forward.”
In response to specific concerns raised by McFerrin and women’s basketball student-athletes, TPG conducted an in-depth evaluation of the women’s basketball program including issues related to culture and the student-athlete experience.
“I appreciate the leadership of President Rudd and our University Administration for their commitment to supporting our student-athletes and coaches,” said new University of Memphis Athletic Director Laird Veatch. “As I considered this incredible opportunity at the University of Memphis, the administration’s willingness to conduct this thorough review of our women’s basketball program, and be transparent in its findings, signaled to me their genuine commitment to the well-being of our student-athletes. Our administrative team and I look forward to working with coach McFerrin and her staff to position us for a successful future.”
The University of Memphis Athletic Department is in the process of making supportive investments in these areas, including hiring additional staff and a $2.8 million remodeling of Elma Roane Fieldhouse planned for the women’s basketball program.
“We have had a series of healthy, productive conversations,” said McFerrin. “Action plans are now in place to insure the success of our program. I am committed to that action plan to allow me to be more fully effective for our team, and I trust that the department and University will also fulfill commitments and support our women’s basketball student-athletes.
“We are looking forward to moving into the 2019-20 season with a talented and committed group of young women.”