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Ex-Illinois women's basketball players sue school, coach
July 01, 2015 18:15 GMT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- Seven former University of Illinois women's basketball players have sued the university, accusing coach Matt Bollant and a former assistant of violating their civil rights by creating a racially hostile environment.

The players accuse the coaches of holding segregated practices and using more severe discipline for black players, among other things, since Bollant was hired in 2012.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court names the university, athletic director Mike Thomas, Bollant, former assistant Mike Divilbiss and university trustees. The ex-players seek $10 million in damages.

A university spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The university hired a law firm in May to investigate allegations brought by the players. They are Amarah Coleman, Taylor Gleason, Jacqui Grant, Sarah Livingston, Nia Oden, Alexis Smith and Taylor Tuck.

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