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BU coaching inquiry to take weeks

Boston University’s investigation into complaints that women’s basketball coach Kelly Greenberg emotionally abused four scholarship players is likely to extend into next month, a school spokesman indicated Wednesday.

“We hope the review panel will complete their inquiry within the next few weeks,’’ BU spokesman Colin Riley said.

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The university last week created the three-member panel to review allegations that the women quit the program this academic year because of Greenberg’s bullying. The school has instructed Greenberg not to speak publicly about the complaints, but her lawyer has said “she looks forward to the opportunity to fully address the issues.’’

The complaints have created a tempest, as scores of Greenberg’s supporters have rallied around her and the alleged victims have stood by their accounts. Two other women have since come forward to say Greenberg emotionally abused them as players.

Greenberg, who overcame similar allegations six years ago, is under contract through 2017.

“More and more former players and other coaches are calling and reaching out to show their support for Coach Greenberg, who continues to avoid public comment to show her respect and appreciation for the review process,’’ her lawyer, Paul Kelly, said.

The four women who left the team this year include a senior, Melissa Gallo, and three sophomores, Dionna Joynes, Katie Poppe, and Dana Theobald. The women said they felt particularly mistreated while they dealt with injuries, including a concussion in one case.

Bob Hohler can be reached at hohler@globe.com.
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