Missouri AD Says Players Spit On, Called 'N-Word' in Game vs

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

Controversy unfolded in Mizzou's last two games against SC, especially in Sunday's showdown in Columbia, S.C., where a first-half scuffle led to multiple fouls, two ejections and more bad blood between the programs.

Sterk's radio commentary came just two days after No. 9 SC downed No. 11 Missouri 64-54 in a heated matchup that included an on-court tussle which resulted in the ejection of two Missouri players.

If you're not able to watch the game at Colonial Life Arena, the game will be televised on ESPN.

"Some things were said that were very confusing and we had an incident, so-called, that we needed to check out".

While USC complained about Missouri's physical brand of play, Missouri fans in turn accused the Gamecocks of behaving like "thugs".

"I was really disappointed with some things that transpired", she said. "There's no place in our game for that". Fans gotta be better. Our side, their side, everybody's side. Fans gotta be better. UConn has won a record 47 consecutive road games, a lot of them coming in the sleepy gyms of the American Athletic Conference, but on Thursday the Huskies get a taste for what the tail end of the season typically becomes defined by - electric crowds, formidable opponents, unique opportunities. "It was really kind of unhealthy, if you will", Sterk said of the game while on KTGR.

SC women's basketball coach Dawn Staley called allegations made by Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk "serious and false" at a news conference Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Sterk faulted Staley for promoting an atmosphere that allowed the behavior to allegedly happen.




He told a local radio station that Tiger players were spit on and called the N-word during the game. "I mean, it was not a good environment, and unfortunately, I think, Coach Staley promoted that kind of atmosphere, and it's unfortunate she felt she had to do that".

South Carolina Athletic Director Ray Tanner said the school has reviewed the accusations put forward by Strek and "received no confirmation of the alleged behavior directed at the visiting team by fans at the game".

"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'.

Former MU women's basketball player Sierra Michaelis, who was at the game, posted on Twitter that fans spit on the court.

"It was boisterous. The fans are passionate and the environment was unbelievable", he said. I haven't heard that. She's not just a coach that gets out front once in a while. She's got a phenomenal program.

Afterward, a former Missouri player who was with the team in SC tweeted that Tigers players were spit on as they left the court. I stand by what they represent. We all know who she is. "Certainly because it was on our end of the court it shows our bench and doesn't show their bench. (South Carolina) had a kid checking in at halfcourt that could have been ejected".

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