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Old 11-19-2020, 05:08 AM   #1
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Default Coale seeks ‘inclusive for all’ environment

NORMAN — This offseason was a learning experience for OU women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale.

She watched — and listened — as several of her former players posted on social media about their experiences in the program, alleging racial insensitivity or outright racism.

Coale spoke Wednesday about the lessons she took from those allegations.

“As a program, what we strive to do is create an environment that is healthy and instructional for all,” Coale said. “And when we have missed that point we want to go back and address that and try to do that better and try to learn from that as we move forward.

“We also want to celebrate the experiences of players who felt like their needs were met so it’s a continual learning environment over time and I think all of us, if we look realistically at ourselves, have not been anti-racist enough. We didn’t know what that was years ago.

“So it’s a continual evolution of seeing every individual player for who they are and the circumstance they come from and the culture that’s so important to them and celebrating that and wrapping our arms around them in an environment that is inclusive for all. That is the goal.”

The outcry started after Gioya Carter, who played for the Sooners from 2013-17, posted on Twitter following the OU football team’s march from their locker room to the campus’ South Oval in August, saying she wished she’d had a coach like Lincoln Riley.

“Instead, my four years there was filled with comments like, ‘You guys act like it happened to you. If y’all’s long braids hits one of my players in the face,’ as if the people in braids weren’t her players.”

Carter’s comments were soon joined by other former players. T’Ona Edwards tweeted Coale had to be convinced to tweet about Black Lives Matter in the wake of George Floyd’s killing and other incidents that stirred renewed interest in social justice issues this spring and summer. Jacqueline Jeffcoat tweeted that Coale had made racist comments after a visit to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello plantation.

In a statement shortly after those comments were posted, Coale said hearing the “concerns” was “disheartening, because it is clear that I have unknowingly caused harm to people I care deeply about.”

Coale said Wednesday that she’d talked about the situation with her current players and recruits.

“Every kid who plays basketball at every program in the country has an experience that is singular to them because each individual brings with them whatever their feelings are, their insights are, their situation is, their background is,” Coale said. “Everybody’s different.”

Coale and the Sooners open their season next Wednesday at home against Houston.

OU’s roster figures to be thin this year, with just 10 players listed as of Wednesday — including one (Ana Llanusa) out for the season after recently undergoing surgery.

Coale alluded to multiple players opting out for this season.

Two players — Chloe Bloom (Virginia Commonwealth) and Aspen Williston (South Dakota) — transferred this offseason. Though Coale didn’t mention which players had opted out, three others — Nydia Lampkin, Jessi Murcer and Ashlynn Dunbar — who had eligibility remaining are no longer listed on the roster.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:08 AM   #2
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So, it seems Sherri is saying that she will stop her long standing practice of trying to recruit and mold players fit her own cultural propensities. In other words she will allow them to be the way they are and she will be happy about that and celebrate it.

A little late I think but we will see how it works over the next few years.
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Old 11-20-2020, 11:05 AM   #3
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"We also want to celebrate the experiences of players who felt like their needs were met so it’s a continual learning environment over time and I think all of us, if we look realistically at ourselves, have not been anti-racist enough. We didn’t know what that was years ago."

What does this mean? What did she not know years ago?
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Old 11-24-2020, 09:30 AM   #4
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"We also want to celebrate the experiences of players who felt like their needs were met so it’s a continual learning environment over time and I think all of us, if we look realistically at ourselves, have not been anti-racist enough. We didn’t know what that was years ago."

What does this mean? What did she not know years ago?
Keysersose, you hit the NAIL on the head!! It appears to have been a QUOTE by SC that has since been removed from the article that is online and replaced with ellipsis (...). IMHO, that statement alone invalidates any so-called apology extended or revelation that SC claims she has suddenly learned. Why is she still employed by the University of Oklahoma? Is she the boss of everyone on that campus? Geez! She needs to hush until she actually learns lessons that she should have learned decades ago before being hired in such a leadership role as a head coach. She's further clarified her values/ideals by lack of diversity in the department over the years. But again, you hit the nail on the head! I guess someone called the newspaper to have it removed. What needs to be removed is the head women's basketball coach. Just shameful!

The link to the "new" article minus the idiotic statement!
https://www.normantranscript.com/spo...705371a4a.html

Edit:
The article in the Norman Transcript included "..." rather than a statement that was included in the Oklahoman.

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Old 11-24-2020, 10:46 AM   #5
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Keysersose, you hit the NAIL on the head!! It appears to have been a QUOTE by SC that has since been removed from the article that is online and replaced with ellipsis (...). IMHO, that statement alone invalidates any so-called apology extended or revelation that SC claims she has suddenly learned. Why is she still employed by the University of Oklahoma? Is she the boss of everyone on that campus? Geez! She needs to hush until she actually learns lessons that she should have learned decades ago before being hired in such a leadership role as a head coach. She's further clarified her values/ideals by lack of diversity in the department over the years. But again, you hit the nail on the head! I guess someone called the newspaper to have it removed. What needs to be removed is the head women's basketball coach. Just shameful!

The link to the "new" article minus the idiotic statement!
https://www.normantranscript.com/spo...705371a4a.html
Not that it matters, but the article I copied and pasted to the page is from the Daily Oklahoman and the article is still there in the archive.
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:03 AM   #6
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Not that it matters, but the article I copied and pasted to the page is from the Daily Oklahoman and the article is still there in the archive.
Correct...I only checked the Transcript. Someone had enough insight to see that one sentence invalidates anything remotely close to remorse or a willingness to learn better...let alone do better! One would think that she had been advised not to make any further comments until she completes some training. But if one is accustomed to controlling everything...there you have it! As far as I'm concerned, she's making excuses for her actions, which makes matters worse. Eventually there will be some consequences that will force her to take a hard look at her ways and change. Usually and unfortunately, it takes losing ones material things/money/pay check...so many others have when they've done what she's done, and less.
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