Transcript for Texas Tech fires its women's basketball coach over abuse allegations
Now to two college sports programs rocked by abuse allegations. One suspending its football program, the other firing a coach. ABC's Alex Presha has more. Reporter: This morning Colorado state has suspended all football activity over multiple claims of racism and verbal abuse. In a statement, athletic director Joe parker said, we learned of some extremely troubling accusations of racism and verbal abuse football program. They launched an investigation that coaches told players not to reduce covid-19 symptoms, threatening them with playing time. It's the second scandal this Texas Tech apologized to its women's basketball team over allegations of a toxic culture. We failed them. We have to do better. Reporter: The apology follows the firing of head women's coach Marlene Stollings and assistant coach Dawkins. An investigation by "U.S.A. Today" found in the two years since this head coach took over 12 players left. Coaches reported forced players to wear heart rate monitors. If their heart rate dropped below 90% capacity, she could allegedly cut playing time. It led some women to not take painkillers for example. Reporter: Players say when they reported abuse to the school, she retaliated by going extra hard on them in practice. The coach released a statement defending her actions saying our staff believe in the way we're building and turning the program around. Our student athletes are developing a disciplined approach on and off the court. I want the students, fans and alumni to know we're committing to winning championships at Texas Tech and doing it the right way through hard work, accountability and fierce determination. Dan? Alex, thank you very much. We'll check the weather now
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