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School report: Illinois players' allegations unfounded

FILE - In this March 28, 2012 file photo, University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announces the hiring of Matt Bollant as the head women's basketball coach in Champaign, Ill. A Chicago law firm hired by the University of Illinois to investigate allegations of poor treatment made by seven former players that sued the university, coach Matt Bollant, athletic director Mike Thomas and others has concluded those charges are unfounded. The university said Monday Aug. 3, 2015 that the firm's report recommends some changes, such as a code of conduct for coaches.The Players alleged Bollant and some other coaches used race to divide the team and drive players out.(John Dixon/The News-Gazette via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Former University of Illinois women's basketball players' allegations of racially motivated mistreatment were unfounded, investigators hired by the school concluded in a report released Monday that also found that one former assistant coach "treated players harshly."

Seven former players sued the university, coach Matt Bollant, athletic director Mike Thomas and others on July 1, alleging Bollant and some other coaches used race to divide the team and drive players out. The players are seeking at least $10 million in damages.

The report from Pugh, Jones & Johnson law firm in Chicago concluded complaints from players and parents started after a string of seven losses late in the 2014-15 season and included no real evidence of a racial divide. However, the report acknowledged former assistant coach Mike Divilbiss' treatment of players was judged as harsh by some and recommended changes such as a code of conduct for coaches.

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