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May 17, 2013

Former Sooner takes a stand

Staggs tells of two-year ordeal on OU golf team

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“Coach Drouin then told me she was taking me out of the lineup for the remainder of the year,” Staggs said. “I asked her why and she told me that there were some things that I do that she doesn’t like. When I asked for an example she went on to say that she had no doubt I wanted to play for the University of Oklahoma but that I did not want to play for her. She also said that she felt I didn’t respect her enough.”

According to Staggs, the meeting grew contentious as Drouin informed her she felt Staggs was affecting team chemistry because no one wanted to room with her while on the road.

“I told coach Drouin that I felt the way she was handling this was wrong,” Staggs said. “She became very upset and said she was done dealing with me and told me she didn’t care if I stayed or left but that she was finished with me. I asked her if I stayed for my senior year with the team would I have a fair chance to play? She responded with ‘I don’t know, but I would be looking at other options if I were you.’”

Staggs said she and her parents, set up a meeting with OU Executive Associate Athletic director Larry Naifeh, who is an attorney, and Drouin. Naifeh’s areas of responsibility for the athletics department include contracts and other legal issues. He also is the AD in charge of the golf program.

According to Staggs, she and her family met with Naifeh the next day, but Drouin was not present.

“I told Larry my side of the story and asked him to help me solve the problem with coach Drouin and that I was willing to work it out because I wanted to be here and I wanted to play for a national title during my career,” Staggs said. “Larry told me that he wanted me to decide if I wanted to stay or leave, and that during this time I was not to be around the team at practice or workouts until I had made a decision.

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