Ex-Oakland U. Coach Denies Allegations Against Her - WLNS TV 6 Lansing - Jackson | Your Local News Leader

Ex-Oakland U. Coach Denies Allegations Against Her

Posted: Updated:

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Oakland University's former women's basketball coach says she's trying to grasp why the school fired her.

Beckie Francis made the comments during an interview with The Detroit News that was published Monday.

She was fired by the 19,000-student Rochester school on June 12. That same day, her husband, Gary Russi, announced his retirement as Oakland's president.

University officials say Francis physically and emotionally abused players, obsessed about their weight and pushed Christian beliefs on them.

In her interview with the News, Francis denies the allegations.

She says there were no hints of problems within the team, and she never had a player come to her with an issue regarding religion or diet.

Oakland athletic director Tracy Huth did not want to speak in detail about Francis or her firing.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WLNS. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Click Here to link to the FCC's public inspection file for WLNS-TV and Here to view the WLAJ-TV file. Persons with Disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's FCC public inspection file should contact: Teresa Morton- Program Director for WLNS and WLAJ at 517-372-8282. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or fccinfo@fcc.gov.