ATHENS, Ga. -- Todd McCorkle's sudden decision to resign as
the women's golf coach at Georgia last week followed complaints
from players about his inappropriate sexual comments and jokes,
according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
McCorkle was said to have shared a sexually explicit Paris Hilton video from the Internet with the team. Players reported McCorkle shared remarks about bras and underwear color. Other comments were more explicit, referring to male anatomy. There was a mention by one player of inappropriate physical contact.
McCorkle's resignation was announced May 7 and came three days
after a memo in which he was told he would have to go through
extensive anti-harassment training and would be suspended without
pay for July. McCorkle instead quit, but athletic director Damon
Evans said he would remain employed in another undisclosed job with
the athletic department.
In the memo, University of Georgia executive director for legal
affairs Steve Shewmaker told McCorkle several players had
complained about the behavior of the SEC co-coach of year.
"We also recommend a close supervision of your interactions
with your team, as any further conduct on your part that is a
violation of this policy should result in immediate additional
disciplinary action, up to and including termination of your
employment with the university," the memo reads.
The 44-year-old McCorkle said Monday he was not asked to resign,
but acknowledged the "situation has placed a cloud over the
program and I felt like it was in everyone's best interest for me
to step down."
"In my tenure at Georgia I have unintentionally made comments
that have made some of my players uncomfortable," McCorkle said in
a statement. "I want to be clear in saying that this was not my
intention or desire.
"I have learned through this experience that I must be 100
percent professional at all times. I would like to thank the
University of Georgia for all the opportunities they have afforded
me. Life is full of learning experiences and unfortunately this
experience has cost me something that is dear to both me and my
"He is randomly rubbing your back or flipping hair, or pat on butt -- and otherwise not think anything about it."
-- Unnamed Georgia golfer
The memo was one of several documents obtained in response to an
open records request by the AP. The documents included 48 pages of
handwritten notes by school investigators from interviews with
current and former players.
McCorkle was said to have shared a sexually explicit Paris
Hilton video from the Internet with the team. Players reported
McCorkle shared remarks about bras and underwear color. Other
comments were more explicit, referring to male anatomy. There was a
mention by one player of inappropriate physical contact.
"He is randomly rubbing your back or flipping hair, or pat on
butt -- and otherwise not think anything about it -- but with all the
other stuff feels wrong," the unidentified player wrote.
The university's investigation began in April. Art Leon, the
father of Georgia's top player, Taylor Leon, told the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution his complaints to Evans led to the
"I'm the person that initiated it," Leon told the paper. "He
doesn't need to be a coach of women's golf anywhere. He got what he
Leon, the SEC player of the year, helped the No. 3 Bulldogs
advance to next week's NCAA Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Assistant Veronique Drouin has served as interim coach since
McCorkle guided Georgia 2001 NCAA title, a year after he was
hired from Arizona.
The memo from Shewmaker informed McCorkle he violated the
university's Non-Discrimination Anti-Harassment Policy.
"This finding is based, in part, on your statements made during
our investigation," Shewmaker wrote. "For example, you admitted
you told one of the team members she looked 'sexy' on the way to
the SEC tournament banquet."
Shewmaker added: "Your comments had the effect of creating a
hostile or offensive environment which interfered with the team
members' ability to participate in or benefit from an educational
program or activity."
McCorkle said last week he was leaving the team to assist his
wife, LPGA golfer Jenna Daniels, with her career. McCorkle coached
Arizona to the 2000 NCAA title.