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SC State women’s coach Smith fired day after filing suit

Audra Smith stands with SC State athletics director Stacy Danley after being introduced as the...
Audra Smith stands with SC State athletics director Stacy Danley after being introduced as the Lady Bulldogs new head coach. (Source: WIS)
Published: Feb. 25, 2022 at 5:03 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 26, 2022 at 1:21 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina State women’s coach Audra Smith was fired a day after filing suit against the school alleging Title IX violations and discriminatory practices at the university.

Smith was in her fourth season at the school. Her suit was filed Wednesday in federal court.

She said in the complaint the school continually provided fewer resources to women’s teams, athletes and coaches than received by men’s teams. Smith’s suit asked for undisclosed damages.

On Thursday, South Carolina State ended Smith’s contract. Smith was 24-73 in four seasons in charge of the program.