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Players come out in support of fired field hockey coach

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IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa’s field hockey players have released a statement supporting former coach Tracey Griesbaum, who was fired earlier this month.

The players told the student newspaper, the Daily Iowan, that Griesbaum’s firing was “unfair and unjust.” The players went on to say that it left them questioning the leadership of the Iowa athletic department.

The players say they remain “confused and saddened” by Griesbaum’s firing. They ended the letter with “Hawks fly together. 21 strong.”

Griesbaum told The Associated Press that her firing was based on false claims by former players that she bullied and mistreated them.

Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said Monday that an investigation into Griesbaum “did not find conclusive evidence of policy violations” but identified concerns that were consistent with allegations that prompted it.