SFA officials investigating complaint made by Ladyjack basketball player

Updated: Apr. 22, 2016 at 10:11 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - SFA officials are investigating a complaint made by a member of the Ladyjack basketball team, who claims Head Coach Mark Kellogg treated her unfairly during the season.

SFA released the statement hours after KTRE sought comment from Athletic Director Robert Hill, who said he could not comment on personnel matters and would not confirm an investigation.

"We investigate all allegations," Hill said.

"The well-being of all SFA students is our primary concern," said SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo. "Our investigation, which began more than a week ago, will be thorough. We will take any appropriate action based on what is found."

Former player Charisma Alexander said she had her scholarship revoked after the 2015-2016 season. She said it came during a season in which Kellogg told her "f--- you" during a practice in October. She said it happened in practice when someone on the team made a joke and Alexander said "Y'all know we can't laugh or else we get in trouble." She said Kellog then said, "What is your f------ problem? F--- you!"

SFA would not confirm if the investigation is connected to Alexander, but Alexander has filed an appeal to get her scholarship back.

Steve Middleton, the father of former player LaNesha Middleton, sent an email to KTRE stating Kellogg is a bully. Middleton is a former Division I assistant basketball coach and a current high school coach at Midlothian High School. In the email, Middleton said his daughter's scholarship has also been revoked.

All this comes two days after Kellogg's wife, Trisha Kellogg, submitted a column to The Sports Digest, stating the culture of women's basketball "is starting to become one of entitlement and blame."

"I'm seeing girls who not only won't go the extra mile, but they will do whatever it takes to make the bare minimum.  They were the best player on their club team so they don't understand why they have to work just as hard as the girl next to them for their position.  They think it's ok to skip study hall and use the excuse that other people are doing it, too.  Their teammate will get recognition for a great play or a great game and they will get jealous that it wasn't them or blame the coach that he/she favors the player.  They will lose playing time because of their attitude and will claim discrimination or mental abuse.

I'm seeing girls that are more concerned about posting on their snap chat and Twitter they had a career high 15 points and were going to party the night away, than those that love the game so much that they are hungry to make themselves and their teammates better.  I'm seeing girls who aren't as successful (even as freshman and sophomores) as they think they should be, who blame the coach and want to transfer.  I'm seeing parents who aren't happy with their child's playing time who call the coach, athletic director, and yes, the president of the college or university, because their kid isn't being treated fairly.  I see parents after games walk up the coach and confront them that they are mistreating their child.  More often than not, it's their child that is failing school and gives very little effort at practice.  I'm seeing players band together, not on the court, but off the court, claiming they are being emotionally abused because their coach yells at them and is demanding.  They then sue the coach and university for all of the hardships they are going through."

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