Grambling State has announced it will be conducting an independent review of its volleyball program. The review comes following the backlash the school received after new coach Chelsey Lucas cut all scholarship players from the team.
The investigation will be conducted by the law office of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP, a firm known for its work with corporate and institutional clients.
"The review will be led by counsel who are experienced in legal matters involving collegiate athletics and NCAA compliance," Grambling wrote on Twitter.
The school added all of the findings will be presented to school president Rick Gallot and will be shared publicly.
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Lucas, who was hired in February to replace Demetria Keys-Johnson, came to the Tigers after spending three seasons at Arkansas Pine-Bluff. Players told the News-Star last month she spent very little time with her players and ultimately decided to cut them and take away their scholarships on April 4, after just three practices.
"I met with my team, each student-athlete, individually to discuss my plans moving forward with the Grambling State University volleyball program. My decision was to not to bring back some of the current student-athletes on the team," Lucas said previously in a statement provided to the News-Star. "While student-athletes are granted athletic scholarships, a scholarship is not guaranteed and not binding, per NCAA rules and regulations."
While she's received support from athletic director Trayveon Scott and Gallot, the decision outraged the players who were cut and their parents.
A petition started to not only have the players' scholarships reinstated and to remove Lucas, Scott, and others from their positions in the athletic department, has received more than 2,500 signatures in about four weeks.
This article originally appeared on Monroe News-Star: Grambling announces independent review of volleyball program after players cut