Ex-women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings prepares to sue Texas Tech over firing

Stollings plans to sue Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Marlene Stollings was previously fired in August from the Texas Tech women’s basketball program after allegations of a hostile and inappropriate environment came to light.

ESPN reported, Former Texas Tech women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings believes she was fired without cause in August and has retained attorney Peter Ginsberg to pursue litigation against the school.

This week, Ginsberg sent a letter to Texas Tech vice chancellor and general counsel Eric Bentley regarding the preservation of all documents and electronically stored information regarding Stollings’ firing.

Stollings broke her silence on the firing in a tweet Thursday evening.

Texas Tech University has selected the firm of Holland & Knight to conduct an independent external review of the overall climate around issues of student-athlete well-being within the athletic department.

The review will include the following:  

1) athletics policies, procedures, and reporting protocols relevant to issues of student-athlete well-being;

2) athletics training provided to student-athletes and staff with respect to these policies, procedures, and reporting protocols; and

3) student-athlete and athletics staff understanding of, and confidence in, Texas Tech’s policies, procedures, and resolution on complaints regarding student-athlete well-being.

A report published in USA Today alleged Coach Marlene Stollings of maintaining a toxic work environment for players, as well as sexual harassment from a former strength and conditioning coach, Ralph Petrella. Petrella was reported to have resigned before an investigation was started into his conduct.

Among the claims are an emphasis of keeping elevated heart rates that were supposed to be maintained throughout games. Some players said they were ridiculed.

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