UE fires Walter McCarty

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The University of Evansville just announced the dismissal of men’s basketball coach Walter McCarty.

The university cited, “behavior contrary to the core values of our University” and an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct and alleged Title IX violations.

An investigation began in December into those allegations.

McCarty was placed on administrative leave when the investigation began.

The university said, “The investigation has uncovered persistent and
troublesome facts regarding Mr. McCarty’s conduct, including attempts to improperly influence witnesses in the investigation. While the Title IX investigation will continue as required under our policies and by federal law, it has become abundantly clear that Mr. McCarty’s behavior violated the terms of his contract, making his continued employment untenable.”

Read the statement released by the university here:

The University of Evansville announced today the dismissal of Walter McCarty as Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball team, effective immediately.

Mr. McCarty was placed on administrative leave on December 26, 2019, as UE initiated an external investigation by a national law firm into reports of alleged sexual misconduct and violations of the University’s Title IX policy.

Since then, the University has received additional reports of alleged misconduct by Mr. McCarty during his tenure at UE. Last year, the University had issued warnings to Mr. McCarty regarding inappropriate off-court behavior with members of our campus community. Mr. McCarty also participated in training concerning acceptable behavior under Title IX.

While the investigation of potential Title IX violations will continue under University policies, UE has decided that, based on the facts uncovered thus far, it is necessary to terminate Mr. McCarty’s employment immediately.

There is no place at UE for any behavior by any University employee or student that jeopardizes the safety and security of others.

Bennie Seltzer will continue to serve as interim Head Coach of Men’s Basketball until a new head coach is appointed.

UE also released this letter to the campus community. Click here to read it.

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(This story was originally published on January 21, 2020)

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