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NKU Receives External Review of Women's Basketball Program

Northern Kentucky University released statements on Thursday standing by head women's basketball coach Camryn Whitaker, who had been accused by former players of engaging in abusive behavior.

The university conducted an internal review and on Thursday said that an external review, conducted by DBL Law, confirmed those findings.

“We are pleased to learn that our internal appraisal of the women’s basketball program matches the findings of the independent review conducted by DBL Law," the university said in a statement. "The well-being of our students is a top priority and guided our decision to have an external party review the program. From the onset, we have stressed the utmost importance of adhering to our core values, especially conducting ourselves with integrity.”

While multiple players went public with allegations of abuse, including banning a player from eating with the rest of the team, other players expressed public support for Whitaker.

Whitaker is in her first head coaching position after serving as an assistant at the University of Kentucky. Her contract is good through 2021 and she is paid $140,000 per year.

“We are confident in Coach Whitaker’s leadership of the program and excited for the future of Norse women’s basketball," athletic director Ken Bothof said in a statement. "In remaining true to NKU’s dedication to the growth of our people, we will continue to provide the support both Coach Whitaker and our student-athletes need to further develop—personally, professionally and on the court.”

Whitaker also released a statement Thursday.

“I care deeply about the women in our program, both as student-athletes and people," the coach said. "As we work to build a program everyone can be proud of and support, this experience gives us the opportunity to continue to reflect on the growth and development as coaches and players in our program. I am grateful for the opportunity to coach Northern Kentucky women’s basketball, for the support provided by Ken [Bothof] and the administration, and am excited for the future of Norse basketball.”

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher

Photo: Camryn Whitaker (via NKU)