USC's Dawn Staley says accusations about her are 'serious and false'

Mizzou Players Spit on by USC Fans After Sunday's Game

Missouri AD claims Dawn Staley “promoted” crowd spitting, racial epithets at South Carolina

Afterward, a former Missouri player who was with the team in SC tweeted that Tigers players were spit on as they left the court. Two Missouri reserves were ejected from the game after stepping onto the court during the fight.

SC coach Dawn Staley met with the local media on Wednesday, and she quickly addressed the accusations that Missouri players were called racial slurs by members of the Gamecocks during Sunday's game. According to former Missouri player Sierra Michaelis, some SC fans spit on Missouri players as they walked off the court.

In her postgame comments, Missouri coach Robin Pingeton complimented South Carolina's crowd and the big-game atmosphere. "Fans got to be better all around", she said, according to the St Louis Dispatch. Pingeton did not confirm nor deny the accusations. "There's no place in our game for that". While the tunnel is surrounded around and above by railings that fans can stand behind, there are also numerous security guards making sure the visiting team can get off the floor'. Fans got to be better. All around - their side, our side, fans gotta be better.

Following the No. 7 Gamecocks' 64-54 home win Sunday, which featured a scuffle and two ejections, a recent former player for the No. 15 Tigers who had traveled with the team tweeted that it was "classy to see the SC fans spitting on Mizzou after the game". And there's certainly some things that were really unfortunate that transpired.

Later on Tuesday, Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk called the atmosphere "unhealthy" in an interview with KTGR 1580 AM.

"The thing that's most important to me is that Coach Staley is comfortable with where it goes", Tanner said, "and the things that were said and she's comfortable in where we end up in the next few hours, the next couple of days with this". PowerMizzou is not aware of of any personal videos of the incident in question.

However, the SC athletic department issued a statement saying they take allegations of racism very seriously, but that they have not found any evidence that any of their fans used the N-word on Sunday.

"It's not remotely the same team we're bringing", coach Geno Auriemma said. In anticipation of this rivalry game, the athletics department provided security for the Missouri basketball team, above its standard operating procedure. However, Tanner said that they had "received no confirmation of the alleged behavior directed at the visiting team by fans at the game".

"The accusations are serious and false, and they will handled in a manner reflective of those facts", Staley said.

Tanner said he's had a conversation with the Southeastern Conference office, and is hoping this situation gets resolved quickly.

A Missouri athletic spokesman said that he "does not believe Jim (Sterk) will have anything further to say today", in an email Wednesday.

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