Courtesy of Bay Area News Group columnist Mark Purdy, here’s an update on the Cal field hockey situation, which on Thursday takes its next step when attorneys representing three players will meet with university attorneys.
Here’s Mark’s blog:
The first thing that Shellie Onstead wants everybody to know is this: She is a loyal Cal Bear.
As if there was any question about that. Onstead, the women’s field hockey coach at Berkeley, was the school’s first All-American player in the sport there and has spent virtually her entire professional life on the campus. She has proudly represented the school as a player and coach at the international level. She’s in the Cal Hall of Fame.
That said, Onstead is also frustrated and pained. The situation with her team, which has no home field this season for either games or practices–with no firm prospects for such a field in the future–has reached a crisis point.
“I really went out of my way to try and keep quiet about things,” said Onstead at her office Wednesday afternoon. “I was naïve. I was thinking, ‘No way will they let this happen.’ I wake up every morning thinking, ‘How’d we get here?’ ”
Can’t blame her.
I have learned that Thursday morning, lawyers representing several of her players are meeting with university attorneys. They will discuss whether an agreement can be reached to avoid a Title IX lawsuit against Cal.
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