Cal men’s basketball assistant coach Yann Hufnagel has been fired, effective immediately, over allegations of sexual harassment, according to what a source told Connor Letourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle.
Hufnagel’s dismissal comes after a “months-long” investigation by university officials that ended with the conclusion that he did indeed violate the university’s anti-sexual harassment policy. Details of the allegations have not yet gone public, but Hufnagel took to Twitter earlier today and seemed quite defiant over what went down.
Even more interesting is the timing of Hufnagel’s firing. The NCAA Tournament starts this week and Cal earned a No. 4 seed, so for coach Cuonzo Martin to go and fire an assistant this close to the big dance suggests that the allegations against Hufnagel must be pretty serious. It should also be noted that how certain college programs handle sexual assault and harassment claims has come under fire, with the University of Tennessee currently the subject of a Title IX lawsuit, and Cal is one of those programs.
Thus, it seems that there wasn’t really any other option but to fire Yann Hufnagel, even if the timing was off.
Be sure to stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on this developing story!
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