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Basketball Coach Slams NCAA’s Remedy Of Ladies In Brutal Thank-You Word

Georgia Tech ladies’s basketball coach Nell Fortner has simply penned a thank-you observe to the NCAA, however she most likely doesn’t count on the group to reply by saying “you’re welcome.”

That’s as a result of Fortner’s observe is a brutal takedown of the best way the group dealt with its ladies’s basketball event, particularly the way it handled the gamers as “an afterthought.”

Fortner’s observe, posted on Twitter Tuesday morning, took no prisoners: 

“Thanks for utilizing the three greatest weeks of your group’s 12 months to show precisely how you are feeling about ladies’s basketball — an afterthought.”

Thanks for displaying off the disparities between the lads’s and girls’s event which might be on full show in San Antonio, from COVID testing, to lack of weight coaching amenities, to sport flooring that hardly inform anybody that it’s the NCAA Match and plenty of extra. However these disparities are only a snapshot of bigger, extra pervasive points when it come to ladies’s sports activities and the NCAA. Delivery in just a few racks of weights, after the very fact, shouldn’t be a solution. It’s a band-aid and an afterthought.

Fortner then took the group to process for claiming to be a nonprofit dedicated to serving to student-athletes whereas giving brief shrift to half the athletes. “In what different non-profit academic endeavor is it acceptable to offer ladies inferior textual content books and cheaper cafeteria meals due to their perceived money worth?” she wrote.

The coach conceded that whereas the TV contract for the NCAA ladies’s event isn’t as profitable as that for the lads’s event, it’s nonetheless value half a billion {dollars} to the group and attracts a loyal TV viewers.

“For too lengthy, ladies’s basketball has accepted an angle and therapy from the NCAA that has been substandard in its championships. It’s time for this to cease,” she wrote. “It’s time for ladies’s basketball to obtain the therapy it has earned.”

The NCAA got here underneath hearth this previous weekend after gamers and coaches first famous the dramatically disparate facilities given to female and male athletes competing within the March Insanity tournaments.

Not solely was the ladies’s weight room in San Antonio only a stack of dumbbells in contrast with the lads’s spacious setup in Indianapolis, the obtainable meals selections for the ladies have been a lot much less appetizing then the meals supplied to male gamers. The lads obtained higher high quality COVID-19 exams than the ladies as nicely. 

The NCAA took steps to enhance the facilities for the feminine gamers after being shamed on social media.

The group additionally apologized Friday and vowed to do higher. 

“I apologize to the ladies’s student-athletes, coaches and committee for dropping the ball on the load room problem in San Antonio, we’ll get it fastened as quickly as attainable,” mentioned Dan Gavitt, the NCAA’s senior vice chairman of basketball.