Walter McCarty took the head coaching position in Evansville in the fall of 2018. While the program was not necessarily setting the world on fire in the wins column, they were heading in the right direction on the court.
In case you had not heard, they did beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena this season.
However, McCarty’s future there has gone from suspect to non-existent. He was put on leave in late December due to reports of multiple Title IX investigations. and on Tuesday the former Kentucky Wildcats star and national champion was released from his coaching duties.
McCarty was actually set to be reinstated, but new information brought to the school led to him being fired.
“There is no place at UE for any behavior by any University employee or student that jeopardizes the safety and security of others,” Evansville officials said in a statement released on Tuesday.
McCarty had served as an assistant at the University of Louisville, with the Indiana Pacers, and most recently with the Boston Celtics before moving to Evansville. Being fired for performance in the coaching world is one thing. But to be let go for Title IX violations could make it very difficult for McCarty to find another job soon.
From the outside looking in, the University of Evansville handled this situation swiftly and efficiently. This should be an example for other institutions that are facing similar allegations with their employees, especially with how many scandals have come to light in the sport in recent years.