April 13, 2024
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BATON ROUGE, La. – Clearly, that frequent scowl of Daybreak Staley was not there.

Her No.1 and undefeated South Carolina ladies’s basketball group had simply come again from a double-digit deficit to beat No. 9 LSU, 76-70, earlier than a sellout crowd of 13,205 principally unfriendly followers Thursday night time on the Pete Maravich Meeting Middle.

LSU head coach Kim Mulkey, going through, greets South Carolina head coach Daybreak Staley earlier than an NCAA faculty basketball sport in Baton Rouge, La., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024. South Carolina received 76-70.  (AP Picture/Gerald Herbert)

“Really they had been good, they had been calling me, Boo,” Staley stated and laughed.


Not even a query by OutKick about her continued, cussed reluctance with out grounds to not re-schedule Brigham Younger College due to an alleged racial slur by a fan at a volleyball sport at BYU in 2022 angered her.

However it did shock her.

South Carolina’s Daybreak Staley Surprised By BYU Query

“The place did that come from?” a shocked Staley requested and raised her proper arm excessive as if to say, “Out of nowhere.”

Staley, who subsequently canceled video games in opposition to BYU in response to the volleyball incident, has not had any touch upon the state of affairs since a number of weeks after the story broke in September of 2022. OutKick requested on this night time if she nonetheless didn’t wish to schedule BYU after greater than two years to look again on it.

“That’s grabbing one thing from the air,” she stated.

“Is {that a} no?,” OutKick requested. There was no reply.

Head coach Daybreak Staley of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts throughout their sport in opposition to the East Carolina Girl Pirates in Williams Enviornment at Minges Coliseum on December 30, 2023 in Greenville, North Carolina. SC received 73-36.  (Lance King/Getty Pictures)

South Carolina (18-0, 6-0 Southeastern Convention) doubtless would nonetheless be undefeated had it performed BYU in Provo, Utah early this season as initially scheduled. BYU is 12-8 and 2-5 on the season after going 16-17 and 9-9 final season.

On Aug. 26, 2022, in Provo, Utah, BYU beat Duke, 3-1, in a university volleyball sport. Duke freshman participant Rachel Richardson stated a BYU fan shouted racial feedback at her, and shortly the story went viral, and Staley canceled the BYU sport from her group’s schedule for the 2022-23 season in addition to this season.


Quickly after, although, BYU Police stated they had been unable to substantiate {that a} fan or anybody had yelled such slurs. BYU affiliate athletic director Jon McBride stated BYU banned the accused fan recognized by Duke as saying the slurs from any future BYU volleyball matches.

“Nevertheless, we’ve got been unable to seek out any proof of that individual utilizing slurs within the match,” McBride advised the Salt Lake Metropolis Tribune.

The South Carolina Freedom Caucus of greater than 12 state lawmakers spoke louder in regards to the conduct by Staley and South Carolina. It despatched a letter dated Sept. 15, 2022, to Staley, athletic director Ray Tanner and the college asking for clarification on the choice to cancel the sequence with BYU. They referred to as that call an “ill-advised overreaction to an obvious faulty declare,” within the letter.

Daybreak Staley, South Carolina Rushed To Judgment Vs. BYU Fan

“Given the totality of the circumstances, it appears the College of South Carolina rushed to appease the loudest voices of the far left by ‘canceling’ BYU each actually and figuratively with out respect for the reality,” the caucus continued within the letter. “It’s our opinion the college acted arbitrarily and capriciously with out consideration or regard for the details and circumstances.”

Nov 24, 2023; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Daybreak Staley directs her group in opposition to the Mississippi Valley State Devilettes within the first half at Colonial Life Enviornment.   (Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports activities)

However Daybreak Staley held her floor then.


“I exchanged info with BYU and Duke, and I nonetheless got here to the identical conclusion,” she stated after that on Sept. 29, 2022, to the Greenville Information. “We’re simply going to need to conform to disagree on this occasion. Did (Richardson) come out and say that she apologized for listening to one thing flawed? That’s her story, and that’s what she’s sticking with. Till she comes out and says that – and I’ll be the primary to apologize and say I’m flawed – however that has but to return out. So, that’s what I’m sticking with.”

Richardson has not made any such feedback since.

South Carolina stated in 2022 that Staley would haven’t any extra feedback on the matter. And he or she held to that on Thursday night time.