BU coach under fire for bullying accusations

Boston University has launched an investigation into the coaching performance of women’s basketball coach Kelly Greenberg after several players accused the coach of emotional abuse, the Globe reports.

Four players walked away from $60,000-a-year scholarships during this academic year, with one player saying she felt so emotionally damaged by her coach that she considered suicide, according to the report. From the story:

"We have been made aware of issues and concerns about Coach Greenberg, and we?re taking a very serious look at them from both inside and outside of athletics," BU spokesman Colin Riley said.

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Greenburg declined comment to the Globe for the story. BU finished the season with a depleted roster of nine players and a 13-20 record. Dionna Joynes, one of the players who left, told the Globe:

"Giving up a $60,000-a-year scholarship is the hardest thing I've ever done," said Joynes, who went home to Maryland in October. "I hate that I'm not in school, but it had to be done. My spirit was broken."

The 46-year-old Greenberg became the subject of a Globe story in 2008, when two scholarship players walked off the team after complaining of similar mistreatment.