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OU: Axed Coach Abused Players, Pushed Christianity

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Oakland University says fired women's basketball coach Beckie Francis physically and emotionally abused her players, was obsessed about their weight and pushed her Christian beliefs on them.

The Detroit Free Press and The Oakland Press of Pontiac say the suburban Detroit-based public university made the statements in a brief responding to Francis's suit in Oakland County Circuit Court.

Francis lawyer Deborah Gordon says the abuse assertion is "meaningless" without context and calls it a "smear."

Oakland University fired Francis June 12, the day her husband Gary Russi announced his retirement as president of the Auburn Hills-based school.

The school's filing Friday says Francis had players photographed in sports bras and spandex to monitor body changes. It says she insisted players attend church.

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