By Sam WilliamsPublished March 21, 2018 09:03:51Samford University has taken a stand against the threat posed by sexual violence by rejecting invitations to host a women’s basketball tournament and by refusing to host women on its basketball team.
The university on Wednesday night said it will not host any of its women’s teams, but will allow the men’s teams to play in a women-only tournament.
The Samford Women’s Basketball Team, known as SWE, was invited by the school to play at the Southeastern Louisiana Community College Athletic Conference tournament in December.
The university said it received a letter of intent to play, but the team had to withdraw because of the threat that sexual violence would occur in the arena.
The SWE men’s team is comprised of former NBA players.
The women’s team will play its first game in 2019, according to an SWE official, who asked not to be identified because the school did not have any announcements for its women.
The NCAA and Samford, which had scheduled the women’s tournament for February and March, said the university’s decision was not made in the best interest of the women.
“This decision was made in good faith,” NCAA commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement.
“Our goal is to be as transparent and transparent as possible in order to protect all students.”
The university said on Wednesday that it will hold its women- only tournament in the spring and that the men will participate in the March championship game.
The men’s basketball team will compete in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament.
“Samford’s decision not to participate in this tournament was made as a last resort,” university spokeswoman Emily Dominguez said in an email.
“The university is in the process of considering the NCAA’s request for an exemption from the tournament and will make a decision about the timing of this process as soon as possible.”