Since putting McCarty on leave and starting the investigation, the statement said, the school has received “additional reports of alleged misconduct” from McCarty, a native of Evansville, Indiana, who was appointed head coach in March 2018 after several seasons as an NBA assistant.
“While the investigation of possible violations of Title IX will continue under university policies, the EU has decided that, based on the facts discovered so far, it is necessary to terminate Mr. McCarty’s employment immediately,” the school said. “In the EU there is no place for any behavior of any employee or university student that endangers the safety of others.”
The school also discovered that McCarty tried to unduly influence witnesses, Evansville President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz told members of the school community in a memo obtained by ESPN.
McCarty was 20-25 years old during his tenure in Evansville. Todd Lickliter, a McCarty staff assistant last season and the former head coach of Butler and Iowa, was named as McCarty’s permanent replacement after signing a multi-year agreement, the school announced. Lickliter took the Bulldogs twice to Sweet 16, earning honors as national coach of the year in 2006-07.
On November 12, the Purple Aces won one of the biggest victories in program history with a victory in the then No. 1 Kentucky, the program that McCarty had helped win the national championship as a player in 1996. As a helpless 25 points, the victory of Evansville was the third biggest surprise of men’s college basketball in the last 15 seasons, according to ESPN Statistics and Information.
However, the Purple Aces would proceed to lose their next three games against opponents of Division I, and have gone 0-6 since McCarty was put on leave. Evansville is 9-10 at home Wednesday night against Drake.
“My family and I are excited to have the opportunity to meet with the Evansville community,” said Lickliter. “I am honored by the opportunity to lead the Purple Aces program and I am grateful to meet with this outstanding group of student athletes. It is a privilege to be part of a program with a rich history and tradition. “