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BU's Greenberg steps down as women's basketball coach

In the wake of a probe into allegations of verbal and emotional abuse, the former Penn coach decided that staying at BU was not possible.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY women's coach Kelly Greenberg resigned yesterday, about a month after several former players complained that she was so verbally and emotionally abusive that she drove them off the team.

A three-member panel investigated the allegations of abuse that four former scholarship players say prompted them to quit last season. The panel found that even though many of the allegations couldn't be substantiated, "a compelling case was made, based on interviews with the team as a whole, that the manner in which coach Greenberg interacted with many of her players was incompatible with the expectations and standards for university employees, including our coaches," Todd Klipp, senior vice president, said in a statement.

"When we shared these conclusions with coach Greenberg, she determined that it would not be possible for her to continue coaching at Boston University," he added.

Greenberg went 186-127 in 10 years at BU and led the team to four appearances in the Women's National Invitational Tournament. The Terriers were 13-20 last season. She led Pennsylvania to two Ivy League titles in five years before coming to BU.

Greenberg, who played at Archbishop Wood High and La Salle University, defended her style.

"I do not agree with some of the findings of the review panel regarding my coaching style, which was intended to produce well-rounded athletes and a winning team," she said in a statement.


* Kentucky's freshman center Dakari Johnson and sophomore forward Alex Poythress said they would return next season.

In another matter, Jordan Mickey, the only LSU player besides Shaquille O'Neal to block 100 shots in a season, will stay at least another season.