Greenville's Daily Reflector has reported that Dee Stokes, the head coach of the East Carolina women's basketball team has been suspended indefinitely. Officials within the ECU Athletics Department have refused any comment on the matter other than to state that it involves a personal matter.
Several months back, Internet rumors and speculation abounded regarding an alleged improper relationship between Stokes and one of her players. Crossbones.com spoke with Coach Stokes by phone and by e-mail with the student-athlete (who at the time was not a member of the ECU team) about the rumors. Both women emphatically denied any impropriety or violation of university policy. Lack of any substantiated evidence prompted us to cease any further investigation.
Whether or not Stokes' current status is related to those earlier rumors remains to be seen.