With California set to face Hawaii in the opening round of March Madness on Friday, assistant coach Yann Hufnagel was fired yesterday for violating the University’s sexual harassment policy. Today, details from the school’s investigation emerged explaining what’s alleged to have happened.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, in a report released today, Hufnagel admitted to acting inappropriately by bringing a reporter into the parking garage of his apartment building and repeatedly asked her to have sex in his apartment.

“With all candor, I was trying to trick her into going upstairs,” the assistant coach told the investigator.”

“The Investigators also found the reporter’s account “credible that [Hufnagel] repeatedly insisted that she accompany him up to his apartment, even after she declined and while she was closed into Respondent’s parking garage and Respondent was in control of her ability to get out of the garage.”

According to the investigation by the school, Hufnagel acted extremely inappropriately to the reporter over a six-month period – including sending her “sexually charged text messages,” asking to have a three-way with him and a friend (sending her photos of the pair), and promising her greatest access if she had sex with him. The report said Hufnagel “was objectively intimidating, hostile, or offensive,” in his alleged actions.

Here’s the reporters complaint statement with redactions.



Hufnagel took to Twitter this morning to say his heart is broken over the firing.


While the evidence is certainly damning, Hufnagel told ESPN on Monday he planned on hiring a lawyer to fight the charges and that no sexual harassment took place.

[San Jose Mercury News]


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