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Brian Wardle keeps job at UW-Green Bay in wake of investigation

UW-Green Bay men's basketball coach Brian Wardle.
UW-Green Bay men's basketball coach Brian Wardle.

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - UW-Green Bay men's basketball coach Brian Wardle will hold on to his job following the review of an investigtion into alleged abuse of players.

University Chancellor Tom Harden released a statement Friday about the findings of an independent review conducted by local attorney Joseph Nicks.

The statement read, "the review concluded that a good deal of what was alleged did not occur as it was stated in the complaints I received in April.”

The investigation began after two players accused the coach of misconduct. Transferring freshman Ryan Bross told the school Wardle had worked him out until he lost control of his bowels, then mocked him for it. Graduating senior Brennan Cougill said Wardle called his clinical depression a distraction.

"I do not take these actions lightly. There will likely be those, here at the university and in the broader community, who will disagree with the steps I have taken. I urge anyone with an interest in this case to read the entire report before drawing conclusions," Harden said in a news release.

While Wardle will not be fired, the university says it will not extend his contract during 2013. The contract, which expires in 2017, will be reviewed on an annual basis. A disciplinary letter will be placed in his personnel file. He will be assigned an adviser for the upcoming season with the goal of improving some of the ways in which he motivates players. Finally, he will be required to be more involved in university-wide activities in the future, “to better understand the broader university environment.”

Wardle released a statement on Friday, which read, in part:

“I have done a tremendous amount of reflection and self-examination over the past several months that will help me improve as a coach.  I am confident that our players are in a healthy environment where they can reach their academic and athletic potential. I believe the University’s findings support my claim, and my family and I would like to express our gratitude to Chancellor Harden for his leadership in executing a thorough investigation.”

 

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