USF associate men’s basketball coach on leave following reports of racially-charged comments

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A member of the men’s basketball coaching staff at the University of South Florida has been placed on administrative leave while university officials investigate “troubling concerns” that have been reported.

Associate Athletic Director Brian Siegrist released a statement Thursday afternoon on the reports involving associate head coach Tom Herrion.

The statement did not go into details on what specifically led to the review but Siegrist later confirmed the “troubling concerns” referenced were based on language or comments that could be considered “racially-charged.” Siegrist told WFLA he was aware of one confirmed incident under review involving Herrion and a player.

“We are aware of troubling concerns that have been reported involving a member of our men’s basketball coaching staff. We take these matters very seriously,” the statement from Siegrist said. “An independent review is ongoing and the involved staff member has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of that review. We will have no further comment until that process is complete.”

The statement released Thursday came shortly after two more basketball players announced they would be leaving the USF program and entering the transfer portal.

This story will be updated with any new developments as they come in to our newsroom.

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