Cal's head basketball coach under review amid sexual harassment scandal

- The actions of the UC Berkeley men’s head basketball coach are under review by university officials as the team travels to Spokane for the start of the NCAA basketball tournament.

Days after Yann Hufnagel, Cal’s assistant men’s basketball coach, was fired for allegations of sexual harassment, questions are now surfacing about how much head coach Cuonzo Martin knew before the allegations were investigated.

A university report released Tuesday showed claims against Hufnagel were referred to investigators six weeks after a woman first told an official that she was sexually harassed.

The report went on to say the woman was sexual harassed from November 2014 to May 2015, with the woman receiving sexually harassing text messages from Hufnagel on a bi-weekly basis. It also included an email she sent to the official on July 5, 2015, which claimed Hufnagel trapped the woman in his garage and pressured her for sex after meeting for drinks.

The report does not name the official, but the San Francisco Chronicle identified the official as Martin.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the Cal Athletics department released a statement which read:

“The university is reviewing whether anyone had reason to believe that Hufnagel was in violation of the campus’s sexual harassment policy prior to July 5. Coach Martin is included among this group, but is no the target of an investigation.”

The department said a review process is underway to determine whether all mandated reporters acted within policy.

The men’s basketball team enters the NCAA tournament as the fourth seed in the West region.

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