EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)– The Purple Aces took to the court in the Ford Center Saturday, but someone was missing from the sidelines. It was the first home game for the aces since head coach Walter McCarty was put on administrative leave.
As fans piled in the front doors of the Ford Center, the Evansville Aces prepared for their first home game without their coach.
We’ve spoken to players and they say they’re just focused on their playing. But how has the investigation into University of Evansville head coach Walter McCarty affected the fans?
“I really don’t have an opinion because I don’t know everything that’s going on but I am here to support the school and the team,” Bill Dossett says.
“I’m sad that it’s happening but I don’t think the boys had anything to do with it and so we’re just here trying to support the team and the University because I’m a UE alum,” class of 1984 alumna Palema Decker explains.
“It’s unfortunate but we’re here to support the team and support the players each and every one of them,” Chad Buttry says.
Some fans we spoke with say the investigation won’t affect them much at all.
“It’s still the school and it still the basketball and it still the team,” Dossett explains.
McCarty was put on administrative leave at the end of December, the university hasn’t said much about the investigation aside from there are allegations of a possible Title IX violation. When we asked fans if there is anything that could come out during the investigation that would keep them from coming back many said, not really.
“I’m just going to say I hope not but I just can’t imagine what that would be,” Decker says.
But they all said they’ll be back to support in the purple and orange.
“Well, this your has been such an exciting year already and so I think the community as a whole has just gotten really excited about Evansville basketball again and so have we,” Decker explains.
“We’re hoping things work out with Walter of course and the McCarty issue. But if it doesn’t will still be here to support that aces,” Buttry says.