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Seattle U puts men’s basketball coach Jim Hayford on administrative leave

Nov 6, 2021, 9:50 PM
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Head coach Jim Hayford of the Seattle Redhawks looks on during a game against New Mexico State in 2018. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle University has placed basketball coach Jim Hayford on administrative leave.

Hayford was placed on leave on Friday, Seattle athletic director Shaney Fink said in a statement Saturday.

Citing unidentified sources, Stadium reported a Black player for Seattle alleged Hayford used a racial slur twice during a scrimmage Thursday. The report stated Hayford apologized Friday, but the majority of players were refusing to play for him.

Hayford has been at Seattle the previous four seasons and has a 54-55 overall record. Prior to that he was the head coach at Eastern Washington.

Associate head coach Chris Victor will direct the team. Victor is in his fifth year with the program.

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