By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 1, 2001
Highlights of events, according to Hiram Green in a sworn affidavit:
January 1999: Assistant women's basketball coach John Hughes tells Green that coaches frequently use the "n-word" during meetings. Green immediately tells athletic director Paul Griffin about the allegations. Griffin says, "I will look into it and get back to you. By the way, I want you to know that (coach Jerry Ann) Winters has decided not to renew Hughes' contract." Griffin never gets back to Green on the matter.
January/February 1999: Betty Smith, mother of basketball player Dione Smith, raises concerns to Green about the way black members of the team are being treated. Green tells Betty Smith that Griffin said he would look into the matter.
Early March 1999: Griffin asks Green to look into charges of racial discrimination in the women's basketball program.
March 1999: Green begins comprehensive investigation into allegations. Interviews 12 people (players, coaches, staff members and a parent).
April 1, 1999: Green presents his report to Griffin, who reviews it and tells Green the cover letter needs to be revised.
April 5, 1999: Griffin gives Green a draft of a new cover letter, titled Some Suggestions, "which he instructed me to submit back to him as my report on my investigation."
April 6, 1999: Equal Opportunity Affairs coordinator Camille Blake leaves a voice mail message with Green asking for copies of all documents and saying the EOA would proceed with a formal investigation if warranted. Green later tells Blake that such documents must come from his boss, Griffin.
Aug. 10, 1999: Green is called into Griffin's office and, in the presence of Edouard Piou, assistant vice president of human resources, is instructed to write a letter to the department of Equal Opportunity Affairs stating that the athletic department had resolved the problem.
Aug. 24, 1999: Blake calls Green and asks for the letter. Griffin also e-mails Green, asking for the letter.
Sept. 7, 1999: After conferring with an attorney, "I forwarded all my documents to EOA with a very carefully drafted cover letter reflecting that 'Mr. Griffin asked me to inform you that we have dealt with the issue.' . . . It is plain to me now that Griffin and Piou had planned for the EOA not to do anything at all. . . . The USF EOA closed its 'case.' "
August 2000: Green meets with new university President Judy Genshaft to brief her on "the extent of racism (in the women's program) and the failure of the university to act."
February 2001: "After reviewing the Hatchett Report and the position the university is still taking regarding racial discrimination and retaliation which I know existed, I felt that I had exhausted every opportunity for the university to correct what has happened and prevent it from happening again. I am coming forward now because the truth needs to be revealed."
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