UE students, advocates share thoughts, reactions to McCarty dismissal

UE students, advocates share thoughts, reactions to McCarty dismissal

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - With all the news surrounding the basketball program we wanted to give people on campus the opportunity to share their thoughts on this situation.

After talking with several people at the university, the overwhelming feeling we heard was disappointment.

Two months ago, this campus was riding high after the Aces upset then No. 1 Kentucky. You could tell that UE pride was as high as it has ever has been.

People on campus say they would have never thought that a few months later, the university and basketball program would be in the situation they find themselves in now.

“Getting out to see the games was a whole lot of fun and we are disappointed in that, but at the same time, it sounds like, if everything that’s going on is said to be true, then they’ve got to do what they’ve got to do,” says UE Graduate Riley Eilken.

“I won’t be surprised if we struggle the first few games because adjusting to a new coach, kind of a new team, a new plan or lineup, that will make a lot of change,” UE Student Ahmed Solaiman says.

[The Latest: Walter McCarty’s attorney releases statement]

Since the original allegations regarding McCarty, which led to the Title IX investigation, the university says it has received additional reports of misconduct. Advocates from Albion Fellows Bacon Center, would not comment on the situation directly, but tell us in general terms a power dynamic can be difficult to overcome.

“You’re in this position with somebody, who has this power, who has this influence," says Albion Advocate Madeline Bogan. "Somebody, who may impact your daily life, somebody that you may see a bunch of times, somebody that the community respects, somebody that you know people want to believe.”

The Evansville Police Department tells us that there is no criminal investigation into the matter and that it is a Title IX issue.

We also reached out to the university asking to sit down with UE President Christopher Pietruszkiewicz for an interview. However, the university declined to comment.

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