Penn St. finishes Portland inquiry

Updated: April 13, 2006, 4:10 PM ET
Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State University has finished its investigation of discrimination complaints filed by a former player against women's basketball coach Rene Portland.

But school officials didn't release their findings.

School president Graham Spanier said that he has to review the report and discuss the matter with Portland. He says he hopes "the matter will be concluded by the end of the month."

The school began its investigation in October after former player Jennifer Harris accused Portland of discrimination based on race and sexual orientation. Harris, who is black, left Penn State last spring and transferred last fall to James Madison University in Virginia.

Harris has also filed a federal lawsuit against Portland and the university, contending that Portland wanted Harris to look "more feminine" and that Harris was treated differently because she was perceived to be a lesbian. Harris has said she is not gay.

Portland, who is white, has said that Harris' departure was purely related to basketball.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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