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Embattled UW-Green Bay basketball coach will keep his job

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

GREEN BAY (WSAU-Wheeler News)  U-W Green Bay men’s basketball coach Brian Wardle will keep his job, after he was partially cleared of allegations that he abused at least two players. The school had an independent investigator look into complaints that former player Ryan Bross was humiliated by Wardle, after he lost control of his bowels while complaining of an illness during a team workout. Also, senior Brennan Cougill said Wardle to brush off the player’s clinical depression as a distraction.

The investigator, Joseph Nicks, found that quote, “a good deal of what was alleged did not occur as it was stated.” Green Bay chancellor Tom Harden put a disciplinary letter in the coach’s file.

Wardle’s contract, which expires in 2017, was not extended – and Harden said it would be reviewed each year.

Next season an adviser will be with Wardle to help him improve ways for motivating players. And the coach will be ordered to be more involved in activities throughout the Green Bay campus, to better understand the school environment.

Wardle said his players are in a healthy environment, and the investigator’s findings prove it.

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