Oakland University says coach fired over conduct

Published On: Jun 21 2013 06:19:28 PM EDT

Oakland University says women's basketball coach Beckie Francis was fired for cause earlier this month.

The school released a statement Friday saying Francis' conduct and behavior in April led to an internal review in May when she was suspended without pay. It did not provide any details about her alleged conduct or the review.

Francis declined comment Friday.

Last week, her husband, Gary Russi, announced his retirement as president of the 19,000-student suburban Detroit university on the same day Francis was relieved of her duties.

Francis, the second-winningest women's basketball coach in school history, made national news last year when she publicly discussed her past as a victim of childhood sexual abuse.

She received the 2013 Pat Summitt Most Courageous award for her dedication to fighting childhood sexual abuse.


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