Seattle U Basketball Coach Resigns After Using Racial Slur

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Seattle University men’s basketball head coach Jim Hayford resigned on Thursday after allegedly using the n-word around his team.

Hayford released a statement on his resignation to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.

“I have always held the belief that the use of racial slurs has no place in society, despite their origin,” Hayford said.

Hayford, who is white, was originally placed on administration leave on Nov. 5 after using the word after a black player said it. Hayford apologized to his team on Nov. 6 after Goodman’s report, but it didn’t go over well. Some players refused to accept Hayford’s apology and said they would never play for him again.

Hayford, 54, became Seattle U’s head coach in 2017. He amassed a 64-55 record with three seasons over .500. Hayford had head coaching stops at Sioux Falls, Whitworth and Eastern Washington before landing with the Redhawks.

Seattle U athletic director Shaney Fink issued a statement, saying that she has accepted Hayford’s resignation.

“The top priority within the Athletic Department is, and always will be, to support the wellbeing and success of our student athletes—in and out of the classroom and in their chosen sport,” Fink said. “We are committed to advancing an athletic community that is inclusively excellent.

“We will take additional steps to ensure any concerns within the program are addressed and that all our student athletes are seen, heard, and supported. As part of our commitment, Seattle University has initiated a review of the climate within the program.”

Associate head coach Chris Victor will act as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Seattle U is 1-1 on the season after a 79-61 loss to Washington State on Friday.

Written by Nick Geddes

Nick Geddes is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. A life-long sports enthusiast, Nick shares a passion for sports writing and is proud to represent OutKick.


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      • I fought and kicked the shit out of two black boys when I was younger. Lot of mouth but were pussys when it came to throwing hands. They’re always tough guys when with a group but get them alone, punks.

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