Lumberjacks investigating ‘mistreatment of players’

Cal Poly Humboldt Athletics

Cal Poly Humboldt announced on Tuesday that the local university will broaden its investigation into recent allegations that players on the men’s basketball team are being mistreated.

According to a Cal Poly Humboldt statement, the Jacks will hire an outside firm to carry out an independent investigation.

A story that ran over the weekend in The Times-Standard quoted several players on the team — speaking anonymously — who accused head coach Tae Norwood of mistreating the players and breaking NCAA rules regarding practice.

Tuesday’s statement reads as follows:

“Cal Poly Humboldt has broadened its investigation into reports of mistreatment of players as well as other misconduct within its intercollegiate men’s basketball program.

“In addition to the inquiries being conducted by a number of campus units, including Intercollegiate Athletics, an outside firm is being retained to carry out an independent investigation.

“While the length of these investigations cannot be known for certain, the University is committed to completing them quickly while also ensuring a comprehensive examination of issues that have been raised.

“The well-being of the student athletes is, as always, the top priority. All of the basketball student athletes will continue to receive the full range of services and support they have been receiving within Intercollegiate Athletics and the University as a whole.

“Any student athlete seeking additional assistance is encouraged to contact the main Intercollegiate Athletics Office, speak to the Faculty Athletics Representative, or contact the Dean of Students Office. They may also access any of the range of support services across campus.

“Lumberjack basketball has a strong history of success in the classroom, on the court, and in the community. A focus on the well-being and development of the student athletes has been a big part of that, and Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to continuing the legacy.

“Cal Poly Humboldt values and supports all students, faculty, and staff, and seeks to maintain a positive learning environment for all. Numerous resources are available for reporting misconduct and for seeking support, including those listed below:

“Reports of Title IX are handled using a process described here. To report Title IX issues:

… Contact the Title IX Office at 707-826-5177, or

… File a report online at this link:, or

… Complete this Formal Complaint Form and email to the Title IX and DHR Prevention Office:

To talk with a confidential resource:

… Campus Advocate Team (CAT)
24-Hour Hotline: (707) 445-2881

… North Coast Rape Crisis Team
24-Hour hotline: (707) 445-2881
NCRCT Website

… Humboldt Domestic Violence Services
24-Hour Hotline: (707) 443-6042
HDVS Website

… Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
24-Hour Phone: (707) 826-3236
CAPS Website

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  1. So far, just accusations of coach said this or that… using the f-word, but not directed at any player, faking covid tests, food budget, etc…

    Maybe the anonymous players have been engaged in a semester project to collect hard evidence, as opposed to airing verbal feelings…🤷‍♂️ personally, as an adult, no big deal for anyone who says f this or f that, it is normal behavior by a realistic observationist…

    …maybe ncaa rules should cater to being deaf, mum and dumb, idk… then everything can operate in silence, including kicking a player off the roster for being a malcontent boob…

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