Friday, September 3, 2021

Amherst Sued for Discrimination


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Amherst Sued for Discrimination

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by Rebecca Picciotto, The Amherst Student

"Former men’s lacrosse head coach Rashad Devoe has served the college with a federal legal complaint listing 11 charges, including racial discrimination, infliction of emotional distress and deceiving him into accepting the coaching role.

In the 48-page legal complaint, Devoe, who is Black, alleges that the college “lured him” to the coaching position by falsely promising to support him in addressing the lacrosse team’s culture of “elitism, discrimination, and racism.”

The complaint charges the college with using Devoe as a public token of Amherst’s progress and as a publicity device, but then consistently undermining his authority to actually enact change — often to the benefit of wealthy donors."

>> Situational Awareness: "The college hired Devoe in May 2020, following a racist incident where members of the men’s lacrosse team chanted the n-word outside of a Black lacrosse player’s suite in early March. Those events revived a wave of anti-racist student activism at the college with movements like #IntegrateAmherst and later Reclaim Amherst launched by the Black Student Union. In response, the college put the lacrosse team on probation until June 30 of this year and Devoe was hired to replace Head Coach Jon Thompson."

>> Why It Matters: "But the college’s persistent undermining of Devoe’s authority prevented him from realizing that mission, the document said. When Devoe disciplined a group of lacrosse players who broke Covid rules and their team-wide probation by holding a practice, the college launched an investigation into Devoe’s conduct with the players — parents had allegedly threatened to withdraw financial support. A later investigation came after reports surfaced of Devoe making sexually disrespectful comments about women to the players. Devoe was cleared in the latter investigation, though he was required to take a sexual respect course."

>> Of Note: "The lawsuit argues that the college “treated Coach Devoe differently from other coaches, not in his protected class,” and that he was fired “because of his race and in retaliation for engaging in protected activity.”

>> What They're Saying: "The college released a response to “categorically refute the allegations,” claiming that “a full legal review of the complaint will support our position that it is without merit.” 

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2. Russo Set to Retire

Joe Russo

"TCNJ head women's soccer coach Joe Russo has announced his retirement that will follow the 2021 season. Russo's 32nd year in charge of the Lions will serve as the final one of his illustrious career.

Assistant Coach Bob Turner, Russo's right-hand man, will be retiring following the 2021 season as well. Turner has been alongside Russo since the inception of Trenton State women's soccer, and their guidance has led TCNJ to one of the top NCAA Division III women's soccer programs in the nation."

The duo has led the Lions to three NCAA Division III Championships, 535 wins, 29-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, 19 NJAC Championships and 12 NCAA Final Four runs. Russo owns a career record of 535-66-44 entering his final season. That record ranks him fourth all-time in NCAA women's soccer coaching history in wins and winning percentage (.864) across all divisions.

>> Quotable: "I can't thank the players and my longtime assistant Bob Turner enough. When I first started, it was a unique situation, as there are very few opportunities in college coaching where you get a chance to cultivate and start the program from scratch, which was the situation here. We started with nothing, then were able to build and construct our program to where we are today, which has been special."

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3.  Postgrad Intern Deadline

The NCAA urges you to inform talented young professionals, recent graduates and current student-athletes within your personal and professional networks who are interested in pursuing a career in college sports about the NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program. The application for the PGIP for the class of 2022-23 will remain open for interested candidates until the Sept. 3 deadline.

For more information including job descriptions for each position offered, internship alumni testimonials and a video highlighting the impact of the internship, please go to


4.  Conference Favorites

Preseason polls were all the rage this August. Here is a compilation of favorites to win it all in football and volleyball this season.

Football / Volleyball

A-R-C: Central / Coe
ASC: Mary Hardin-Baylor / Mary Hardin-Baylor
Centennial: Muhlenberg / Johns Hopkins
CCIW: Wheaton / Carthage
CCC: Western New England / Endicott
HCAC: Hanover / Transylvania
MASCAC: Framingham / Framingham
MIAA: Albion / Calvin
MAC (FB): Delaware Valley
Midwest: Monmouth / Cornell
NEWMAC: Springfield / Babson
NJAC: Salisbury / Stockton
NCAC: Wabash / Wittenberg
NACC: Aurora / Aurora
Northwest: Linfield / Whitworth
Ohio: Mount Union / Otterbein
ODAC: Randolph-Macon / Washington and Lee
PAC: Westminster / Westminster
SAA: Trinity / Berry
UMAC: Martin Luther / Northwestern
USA South: Huntingdon / Averett (E), Maryville (W)
WIAC: Whitewater / Whitewater


ECFC: Dean


AMCC: Penn State Behrend
Atlantic East: Marymount
C2C: Christopher Newport
CSAC: Notre Dame
GNAC: Johnson and Wales
Little East: Eastern Connecticut
MAC Commonwealth: Stevenson
MAC Freedom: Stevens
NAC: Maine Maritime (E), SUNY Delhi (W)
SCAC: Trinity
SLIAC: Webster
SUNYAC: Brockport
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5.  Comings and Goings


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6. We're Baaaack

ABBA in 1979. Photo: Ron Frehm/AP 

Swedish supergroup ABBA is releasing its first new music in four decades, along with a concert performance that will see the "Dancing Queen" quartet go entirely digital, AP reports.

  • The forthcoming album — "Voyage," dropping Nov. 5 — is a follow-up to 1981's "The Visitors." A virtual version of the band will begin a series of concerts in London on May 27.

"We took a break in the spring of 1982 and now we've decided it's time to end it," ABBA said in a statement.

- courtesy of Axios
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