FIU Panthers coach Marlin Chinn has been suspended amid an investigation into allegations he pursued a sexual relationship with one of his players, the school announced Tuesday.
Team captain Destini Feagin told the Miami Herald’s David Neal that Chinn had been pursuing a sexual relationship with her since the beginning of the season. Chinn, 45, is in his first year as head coach of the Panthers, who have two regular-season games remaining.
Feagin told the Herald she reported Chinn to FIU’s administration late last month. She accuses her head coach of pursuing a sexual relationship through inappropriate comments, inappropriate touching and suggestive text messages.
“I noticed he had a sexual attraction for me when he started saying perverted things to me,” Feagin told Neal. “Commenting on my looks, my body, frame, my breasts, my behind. The way I smile. He would go into detail what his sexual thoughts were.”
Feagin said she also filed an NCAA complaint after unknowingly participating in an NCAA violation. She says she accepted $600 in cash from Chinn to register for classes, after which she claims Chinn told her, “You will pay me back. In other ways.”
Feagin also accused Chinn of grabbing her backside during a hug, and telling her while in his office, “I have sexual fantasies about you.”
FIU athletic director Pete Garcia declined comment when reached by the Herald on Tuesday, saying all statements will come from the university.