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Cuonzo Martin to Be Investigated by Cal Regarding Yann Hufnagel Scandal

California head coach Cuonzo Martin during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona defeated California 64-61. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2016

Following the firing of California Golden Bears men's basketball assistant coach Yann Hufnagel for alleged sexual harassment, head coach Cuonzo Martin is set to be investigated for his knowledge of the situation.

According to Connor Letourneau and Nanette Asimov of the San Francisco Chronicle, emails obtained by the publication reportedly show that Martin was aware of the alleged harassment involving a female reporter two months before the athletic department told university higher-ups.

Hufnagel was fired Tuesday, just days before Cal is set to begin its run in the NCAA tournament.

California athletic director Mike Williams released this statement Tuesday: "To dispel any doubts about Coach Martin's role, the university will be initiating a review of all of the documents and communications related to his actions. We firmly believe the results will support our confidence in Coach Martin."

Per a Cal investigative report and emails obtained by the publication, the alleged victim sent Martin an email about the harassment on July 5, 2015:

I wanted to continue our dialogue in regard to Yann Hufnagel. I only briefly touched upon the extent of his harassment of me in our two conversations... I want to be sure that I represent the scope of the harassment with as much attention to detail and accuracy as possible... particularly in light of something you said in our last conversation. You told me that you take this very seriously, and that you were hoping it was just an isolated incident.

According to the report, Martin replied with the following: "Thank you for the follow up. I addressed this when you original contacted me. Is there still an issue?"

Per ESPN.com, the investigative report revealed Hufnagel sent the reporter text messages rife with innuendo and admitted to "trying to trick" the female into going upstairs to his apartment to have sex with him.

The Golden Bears are a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament, and they will take on No. 13 Hawaii in the opening round Friday afternoon. The 44-year-old Martin previously coached at Missouri State and Tennessee, and he is in his second season at Cal.

 

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