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Former Wisconsin-Green Bay walk-on accuses coach of verbal abuse

Green Bay head coach Brian Wardle is being investigated by the school for alleged verbal abuse by a former player. (Photo provided by the Associated Press) Green Bay head coach Brian Wardle is being investigated by the school for alleged verbal abuse by a former player. (Photo provided by the Associated Press)

Last week, Rutgers fired basketball coach Mike Rice last week because a practice video surfaced that showed Rice verbally and physically assaulting players, including throwing basketballs at player's heads.

Now, Wisconsin-Green Bay has begun an investigation into allegations made by a walk-on that head men's basketball coach Brian Wardle verbally abused players, reports the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Ryan Bross recently transferred from the school and Bross' parents then sent a complaint to the school's athletic department.

The chancellor of the school, Thomas Harden, said he is aware of the investigation and said that an independent agency will help into the investigation of Bross' complaint.

More from the Press-Gazette:

“We're acting quickly,” Harden said. “We're going to move assertively and bring this to a conclusion as fast as we can.”

Bross, a 7-foot-1 walk-on from Menomonee Falls who redshirted this past season, decided to leave the program after the season and plans to transfer to Concordia University in Mequon next season. The university did not immediately respond to an open records request asking for a copy of the letter sent by Bross' parents. Harden did not discuss the specifics of the letter but said it was the genesis for investigating a claim of mistreatment of a player.

“I think that would categorize the complaint,” Harden said.

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