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New investigation launched into Illinois player allegations

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) The University of Illinois hired a Chicago law firm Tuesday and asked it to launch a second investigation into accusations of mistreatment made by the parents of former women's basketball players.

The investigation will be handled by Pugh, Jones & Johnson, and will focus on accusations that coach Matt Bollant and now-former assistant coach Mike Divilbiss verbally abused players and created racial tension on the team, university spokeswoman Robin Kaler said.

Those allegations were initially investigated by the school, which said no laws or university or NCAA policies were violated.

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