Former Morgan State women's basketball coach Donald Beasley denied accusations from current and former players, as well as parents, that he verbally abused players during his tenure.
And after the school tried to reassign him to another position, he's considering what to do next.
Beasley says he's unhappy that school officials did not defend him or give him an opportunity to plead his case.
"I got a phone call from the athletic director stating, 'OK, we're going to send you to some sensitivity training and reinstate you. We waited two months for this. And then when they finally got back to me, this Dr. Banks, he decides to do a [reassignment]," Beasley said, referring to Kevin Banks, vice president of student affairs.
"I was like, 'Hold on, you brought me in here, you haven't talked to me for two months, and nobody gave me an investigation,'" Beasley said. "I don't even know if there was an investigation, and you just switch and bait me like that?' They won't even call me back."
University president David Wilson said last week that he would not discuss anything regarding Beasley's situation. "The university does not in any way comment on personnel issues," he said. School spokesman Clinton R. Coleman did not return a request Thursday seeking additional comment.
The university announced on June 18 that Beasley, 55, would be removed as head coach on July 1 and reassigned after being placed on paid administrative leave due to his involvement in a controversy over his treatment of players.
An alumnus who graduated in 1984, Beasley was hired on March 14, 2005, and finished his 11th season with the Bears with a 141-191 record — the program's all-time winningest coach.
He refuted all allegations that he cursed at players and aired female-centered slurs at them. Beasley, who argued that he had never been cited by school officials for foul language, did not fault the players, but blamed a pair of parents.
"It was disappointing," he said when the controversy was first reported on June 14. "They made it look like we brutally ran practice. But we never did anything like that. Nobody saw us cursing or anything. We didn't curse. And it wasn't the kids. It was these two parents who are after me. The kids have been respectful all year long, the kids would do whatever we asked them to do, the kids never talked back. We had a very good season.
"There was never an issue with the team or practice or all this yelling they made it seem like. It was just these two parents that ran this narrative just because they didn't like the way I coach during the game," Beasley said, referring to Eric Sampson and Cynthia Buie.
Sampson, whose daughter Simone completed her final season at Morgan State this past winter, said many in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference are aware of Beasley's behavior.
"I'm really disappointed, and I'm really appalled and shocked that he won't go gracefully," Sampson said. "After all the kids' lives he destroyed, I can't believe he can just sit there and accuse me and Ms. Buie. … I think he's been at the university too long and is in denial. That's how he's been allowed to get away with the junk that he got away with."
Buie, who declined to reveal her daughter's identity, wrote in a text: "My family and I do not have a personal vendetta against Mr. Donald Beasley. We wish him the best in his new assignment."
Edward Davis Jr., a Morgan State assistant coach for the past two years, was named interim head coach by athletics director Floyd Kerr on June 18. Beasley was supposed to report to his new role in fundraising on July 1, but is using vacation time as he considers his options.
"I'm still waiting for a couple responses from the school," he said. "… I'll just have to wait and see if I get my due justice."
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