Two months after the Washington Post reported verbal and emotional abuse in the men‚Äôs basketball program‚ÄĒand two weeks before the first practice of the season‚ÄĒGeorge Washington University has fired head coach Mike Lonergan.

The school announced the dismissal Saturday morning, saying that Lonergan ‚Äúhad engaged in conduct inconsistent with the university‚Äôs values‚ÄĚ in a statement from Provost Forrest Matzlman.

The firing comes after an independent investigation into the report published by the Post in July. That report (which is full of bizarre details and worth your time here) linked 13 player transfers in Lonergan‚Äôs five-year tenure to the fact that he was, essentially, a nightmare to play for‚ÄĒwith lowlights including telling one player that his son would always be on food stamps and another that he would be better suited for a ‚Äútransgender league.‚ÄĚ

The Post investigation found that multiple players had relayed complaints about Lonergan to the university, including to the Title IX coordinator, but no action was taken‚ÄĒuntil, apparently, now. An interim coach has not been named.


[Washington Post]