Staley took every right step with BYU, proving she’s a champ


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University of South Carolina Head Coach Dawn Staley celebrates with the net after winning the national championship against UConn at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.  on Sunday April 3, 2022.

University of South Carolina Head Coach Dawn Staley celebrates with the online after profitable the nationwide championship towards UConn on the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. on Sunday April 3, 2022.

The solely overreaction within the Dawn-Staley-cancels-BYU-games has been by individuals bashing the University of South Carolina girls’s basketball coach.

Staley dealt with the scenario with class, and he or she needs to be praised for every step she took.

Now, some South Carolina legislators need a caucus inquiry into the cancellations, as reported by The State’s Joe Bustos.

A extra ill-conceived, waste of time couldn’t be conjured up by even essentially the most ineffective lawmakers.

During a girls’s volleyball match between Duke University and Brigham Young University, a Duke participant stated she and her workforce had been “racially heckled” and subjected to slurs. Eventually one fan was led out of the sector and banned from future sporting occasions. A pair days later, Staley canceled scheduled video games between the University of South Carolina girls’s basketball workforce and BYU.

“As a head coach, my job is to do what’s greatest for my gamers and employees,” Staley stated in a information launch on the time. “The incident at BYU has led me to reevaluate our home-and-home, and I do not really feel that that is the right time for us to interact on this sequence.”

When reporters later requested for particulars, Staley defined that she “vetted” her resolution.

“I talked to varied people who had been a part of the scenario. I slept on it a few nights and I awakened with the identical intestine feeling that I should not put our gamers within the scenario.”

“I did not do it to sentence BYU,” Staley stated. “I used to be solely excited about South Carolina girls’s basketball. I needed to deal with it by myself and did not contain anybody else. I needed to verify our gamers did not must endure that. If one thing had been to occur in that method, I haven’t got the phrases to consolation them. I’d fairly simply not put ourselves in that scenario.”

Those statements ought to solely garner reward. They present the quantity of care Staley has for her gamers and her potential to navigate a heated scenario. Like any good faculty coach, she was defending her gamers from potential hurt She by no means made any ethical judgment towards BYU or its followers, however she went with what felt right to her. No one was harmed by Staley’s resolution.

Both USC and BYU can merely reschedule these video games towards totally different opponents. No hurt, no foul.

What occurred subsequent additionally exhibits what a class act Staley is and why she’s a South Carolina treasure.

BYU investigated the allegation of racist remarks and located no proof that something was stated. The ban on the fan was lifted.

“I proceed to face by my place,” Staley stated in a assertion following BYU’s findings. “After my private analysis, I made a resolution for the well-being of my workforce. I remorse that my college, my athletics director Ray Tanner and others obtained drawn into the criticism of a alternative that I made.”

And, Staley moved on.

That’s a stylish dealing with of the scenario. She stood by her conviction to guard her gamers and expressed some regrets however didn’t succumb to any stress she might need felt to supply an apology that she in all probability would not have believed in.

Then the legislature’s Freedom Caucus jumped in. The Freedom Caucus is made up of 14 Republican lawmakers within the South Carolina House of Representatives.

“Given the totality of the circumstances, it appears the University of South Carolina rushed to appease the loudest voices of the far left by ‘cancelling’ BYU each actually and figuratively with out respect for the reality,” the caucus stated in a letter to USC.

Who are these voices of the “far left” that made such calls? That merely did not occur. Staley made the right resolution on her personal.

Figuratively ‘cancelling’ BYU? That’s laughable. Its soccer workforce continues to be on tv. It’s nonetheless one of many largest colleges in Utah. No one out right here is saying BYU is a few horrible college and needs to be shut down.

The Freedom Caucus members at the moment are taking steps for a extra formal inquiry into the cancellations.

Here’s an thought. Instead of a ineffective inquiry, the Freedom Caucus might spend their time on the very actual issues South Carolina faces.

The ignorant fan feedback additionally began rolling onto Gamecock sports activities retailers after the cancellation and BYU’s discovering.

Look at these feedback on The State’s web site.

“What offers this dictator the right to cancel any video games?” a commenter stated. “Why do we’ve got an athletics director? If she does not like the way in which video games are scheduled she ought to stop her job and return up north to teach.”

Another wrote: “Pitiful woke extremely delicate skinny skinned pathetic political, unsuitable. simply maintain your head down and do your job. Growing these youngsters to be wussies in the actual world.”

Those are the nicer ones. People stated a lot worse, racist feedback that should not be reprinted.

Talk about overreactions.

Staley isn’t above reproach. She needs to be topic to honest criticism like another extremely paid sports activities determine. But within the BYU scenario, as anticipated, the criticism strayed method past rational in lots of circumstances.

Staley dealt with the entire scenario just like the champ she is.

This story was initially printed September 13, 2022 1:16 PM.

David Travis Bland is The State’s editorial editor. In his earlier place as a reporter, he was named the 2020 South Carolina Journalist of the Year by the SC Press Association. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2010.
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