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UMass responds to lawsuit, denies men’s basketball staff members intimidated woman 03.14.17 at 3:31 pm ET
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A woman is suing the University of Massachusetts, because she says members of the men’s basketball coaching staff intimidated her in an attempt to keep her from leaking potentially damaging information about the program. The school responded to those allegations Tuesday.

In a statement, athletic director Ryan Bamford says the school became aware of the alleged incident in December and hired an outside investigator to look into it. According to Bamford, the investigator didn’t find any evidence of wrongdoing.

AyAnna Hickman, who used to date assistant coach and former UMass player Lou Roe, says he and two other staff members prevented her from leaving his office one night in December 2013. The lawsuit states Roe had told her about the use of banned substances by players and domestic violence committed by some coaches against their family members. It also says recently fired head coach Derek Kellogg covered up the episode.

UMass confirmed to WEEI.com Monday it’s aware of the lawsuit. The University also said Kellogg’s dismissal was unrelated to the case. Roe is currently on administrative leave.

Hickman is suing for $75,000 in damages and wants a jury trial.

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In a lawsuit, woman says UMass basketball staff members intimidated her 03.13.17 at 10:03 am ET
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Former UMass coach Derek Kellogg is named as a defendant in the lawsuit. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Former UMass coach Derek Kellogg is named as a defendant in the lawsuit. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

A woman says members of the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball coaching staff intimidated her in an attempt to keep her from leaking potentially detrimental information about the program, according to court documents.

In a civil suit, AyAnna Hickman alleges assistant coach and former UMass great Lou Roe prevented her from leaving his office during an incident in December 2013. The lawsuit states Roe had told Hickman “about the use of banned substances by team members; domestic violence by certain staff members against family members; incidents of infidelity and quashing of potential criminal complaints against unidentified team members.” She says assistant coach Shyrone Chatman and former strength coach Richard Hogans aided Roe in his efforts to trap her. Hickman and Roe used to date each other.

The University confirmed to WEEI.com it’s aware of the lawsuit, but declined further comment. Roe was placed on administrative leave in December and Chatman remains in good standing. Hogans left the program in 2014.

Recently fired head coach Derek Kellogg is named as a defendant, but the University says his dismissal was unrelated to the case. The suit says he “encouraged and participated in a cover-up” of the incident.

Hickman’s attorney, Harry Miles, declined comment when reached by email Sunday night. She’s suing for $75,000 in damages and is seeking a jury trial.

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Progress on offense a positive in UMass’ blowout loss to Indiana 09.09.12 at 8:42 pm ET
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FOXBORO ‘€” The common punchline following UMass’€™ season-opening 37-0 drubbing at the hands of UConn was the fact that the Minutemen failed run a single play in their opponent’€™s territory. So while Saturday’s 45-6 loss to Indiana may not look much different on the scoreboard, the outing was a huge step forward for a young offense in transition.

After putting up just 56 yards through the air against UConn, redshirt freshman Mike Wegzyn bounced back by going 18-of-26 for 151 yards passing, including a trick-play pass to Marken Michel for 56 yards that set up the team’€™s first score. The outing was a positive progression for the young quarterback in the eyes of first-year UMass coach Charley Molnar.

‘€œHe took a step forward, but you’ve got to remember, he was starting at ground zero if you were at the game last week,’€ Molnar said. ‘€œHe took a step forward — a small step. He was more confident [Saturday], his eyes weren’€™t as big. He responded to the pressure of the defense or errors that he made and he was able to bounce back much better than he did a week ago.’€

What was most encouraging about the outing was that the Minutemen, who looked lost offensively against UConn, showed some flashes of success in a variety of looks in their offense. The Minutemen mixed it up offensively, allowing Wegzyn to stretch the field vertically, showcasing Michael Cox taking snaps in a wildcat formation as well as some under-center and pistol packages.

After producing just three yards on the ground a week ago, the UMass rushing attack had a new life, keyed by the inclusion of several quarterback runs to change the pace from Cox (36 yards on 15 carries), who spent much of the game scrambling to get back to the line of scrimmage. Wegzyn, though, says the offense is just a step or two away from being where it wants to be.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: UMass students riot after Super Bowl 02.06.12 at 7:29 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Jazz at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Thunder at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: UConn at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Marquette at DePaul, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Red Wings at Coyotes, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Beanpot, Boston University vs. Harvard, 5 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Beanpot, Boston College vs. Northeastern, 8 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ To no one’s surprise, there was a riot on the UMass campus following Sunday night’s Super Bowl. Despite a request earlier in the week from Giants receiver and UMass alumnus Victor Cruz for students to “watch the game, be safe, enjoy the parties, and don’t hurt anybody or anything,” thousands of students assembled in the Southwest Plaza and the situation quickly turned ugly, following a pattern of behavior seen after major sporting events involving area teams.

According to MassLive.com, students smashed bottles, set off fireworks and fought with each other. A school spokesman said 13 students and one non-student were arrested and charged with either failure to disperse or disorderly conduct, although no injuries or damage were reported.

‘™¦ Madonna was the headliner for the Super Bowl halftime show, but what people are talking about is singer M.I.A. holding up her middle finger and appearing to mouth an expletive during her contribution to the performance.

NBC attempted to blur the image of the gesture but was a second too late.

“The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show,” NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey said. “Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers.”

‘™¦ Memphis businessman Sean Tuohy, the adoptive father of NFL player Michael Oher as portrayed in “The Blind Side,” said he’s a candidate to be the next athletic director at the University of Mississippi. Tuohy, who played basketball at Ole Miss, told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal that he is on the list a search committee sent to the search firm hired by the school.

“I’m probably giving myself more credit that I deserve, but I’m perfect for what Ole Miss needs right now,” Tuohy said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 6, 1988, Larry Bird won the 3-point competition during All-Star Weekend in Chicago, famously holding his right index finger in the air before his final shot went through the net to clinch the victory. Which player did Bird beat for the title?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Certainly it wasn’t one play that was the reason we lost. Everybody feels they could do a little more. I’d rather come to this game and lose than not get here.” Tom Brady, after the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss to the Giants

STAT OF THE DAY: 100 — Kevin Garnett‘s percentage from 3-point range this season, as he has hit one in each of the last three games, including Sunday’s win over the Grizzlies

‘NET RESULTS: From Saturday’s NFL awards show, Tim Tebow shows host Alec Baldwin how to Tebow.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dale Ellis

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bob Marley, who died in 1981, was born on this day in 1945.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Police detained 64 at UMass-UNH game at Gillette 10.27.11 at 7:46 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY THURSDAY:
NHL: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)

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‘™¦ There were substantially fewer people at Saturday’s UMass-UNH football game at Gillette Stadium than a typical Patriots game, but the event required more of an effort from police. According to the Attleboro Sun Chronicle, Saturday’s “Colonial Clash,” which drew a crowd of 19,800, ended with 64 people being placed into custody, compared with 48 at the previous Sunday’s Pats game. Most of the fans were placed into protective custody for intoxication. There were 16 criminal arrests, including 10 for minors in possession of alcohol.

Foxboro police chief Edward O’Leary blamed unsanctioned buses from both campuses that arrived late and were filled with intoxicated students.

“It was relatively quiet until the game got under way, when the students arrived from the party buses,” O’Leary said, adding that many of those individuals did not even attend the game, instead heading for restaurants and bars at Patriot Place.

UMass is scheduled to play five home games at Gillette next season as it transitions to Division 1 FBS status.

‘™¦ Former Patriots defensive back Asante Samuel is not happy with his current employer, the Eagles. Samuel compared the front office to fantasy football players for using him as trade bait after acquiring fellow cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the offseason.

“Couple people upstairs might not want me, but who cares. They’ve probably never played football,” Samuel said Wednesday. “It’s a business and they run it like a business and they’re going to do what they need to do. They’re playing with a lot of money, playing fantasy football, doing their thing.”

‘™¦ The Angels interviewed former Yankees and Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng Wednesday. In The Los Angeles Times, Helene Elliott writes that Ng should get the job because of her resume, not because she would break barriers as the first woman GM.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 27, 2004, the Red Sox beat the Cardinals, 3-0, to complete a sweep of the World Series. Whose first-inning home run was the only run the Red Sox would need?

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