The coach spoke to reporters at the team’s annual media day about the new opportunities the upcoming season presents for his program.
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AMES, Ia. — A former member of the Iowa State women’s basketball staff has resigned Friday afternoon after he sent a string of insulting and occasionally profane private messages to an Iowa high school basketball player on Twitter.
Adam Urness, the Cyclones’ former coordinator of player development, resigned Friday afternoon after his messages to Rhett Darland, a boys’ basketball senior at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, became public.
“Iowa State Coordinator of Player Development Adam Urness tendered his resignation this afternoon after practice, and I have accepted his resignation,” Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said in a statement issued by the school.
The conversation stemmed from Urness claiming that Darland had not broken the school’s single-game scoring record Tuesday night.
Urness sent the high school player a message over social media showing a list of Clarion-Goldfield players who had scored more points than Darland, according to information first obtained by the Iowa State Daily.
Urness proceeded to send Darland more messages, however, including one that called Darland a profane name.
Among the additional replies:
“Your reputation as an individual speaks for itself, trust me, THROUGHOUT the basketball coaching community. You are a disgrace to Clarion-Goldfield basketball. Glad you could finally hit a shot though. 🙂 Fraud,” Urness said in one of the messages to Darland, according to screenshots posted of the exchange.
Urness tweeted Friday morning that he made a mistake and that he apologized to Darland his family.
“I made a mistake and I hope to move forward from this and use it as a learning opportunity,” Urness wrote.
During a pre-practice interview with The Register early Friday afternoon, Fennelly initially said that he would stand by Urness when the assistant had first offered to resign.
“At the end of the day, it was my decision that we were not going to terminate him,” Fennelly said Friday. “He understands what he did was completely wrong, unprofessional — fill in the blank. He got one of my speeches that the players usually get.”
Yet within a few hours, Iowa State announced that Urness has resigned.
Fennelly could not be immediately reached following the release of the statement Friday to explain why he later decided to accept Urness’ resignation.
Urness joined ISU women’s basketball staff in 2016, according to the school’s website. He was an assistant coach at Simpson College for two seasons prior to that.
Darland, as it stands, broke the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows record, not the Clarion-Goldfield record, according to Reese Morris, Darland’s brother, who spoke with the Iowa State Daily on Wednesday.
Source: Des Moines Register
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