It's an incredible litany of awful behavior, excused for years because sports
Nightmare NCAA Basketball Coach Fired Over ‘No Fat Sluts’ Rule
The entire piece on her antics is worth a read if you feel like bumming yourself out on a Monday, but for the sake of brevity, time, and your internet-disabled attention span, here's a short list of some of the crap Coach Beckie Francis allegedly pulled during her tenure at Oakland.
gave incoming freshman the "virginity talk," which consisted of the Coach telling her players, in no uncertain terms, that they better be hard-studying virgins while they play for her;
penalized players with social lives by benching them;
basically forced players to attend her weirdo Christian church, including one player who was Muslim;
showed Christian-themed videos on bus trips, which is a shame because everyone knows that bus trips are for quote-along viewings of Dirty Dancing or Mean Girls;
instituted an unspoken but enforced "Pray to Play" rule;
constantly criticized players about their weight, forced players to diet, and refused to play players who weren't skinny enough;
forced to pose for pictures in their sports bras and spandex shorts while flexing their muscles, so the coach could document their body changes and progress toward a platonic ideal of perfection that existed in Coach Francis' head;
An assistant coach brought an infant son on a 2010 road trip to South Dakota State. With the team in a study session, the baby was sleeping in a carrier when the assistant was sent by Francis to run a short errand, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was present on the road trip. The person said that while the assistant was gone, the baby began to cry and Francis picked up the carrier, placed it in the hallway and returned to the room. The baby was left alone in the hallway for about 10 minutes until the assistant returned.
during pickup games during practice, Francis would put her hands on players' stomachs and demand players let her feel their six-packs;
banned her team from socializing with the men's basketball team. Because sex.
Players reported that they were afraid to speak out because Francis' husband Gary Russi was President of the University. But this summer, both were fired Russi resigned within a day of Francis' removal under a SHROUD OF MYSTERY.