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Ousted high school basketball coach accuses district officials of racism


A former high school basketball coach has sued the Collingswood (N.J.) School Board and three administrators, arguing that he lost the job because he defended black players against "racist practices and acts." The Philadelphia Inquirer says Joseph McLoughlin, who was coach at Collingswood High from 1998 through 2012, contends that principal Edward Hill and athletic director Ronald Hamrick made derogatory comments about black players on the team. The school board's lawyer, asserts that the lawsuit is without merit. McLoughlin says he was told by administrators that he "catered" to black athletes, that white players were reluctant to try out for the team, and that Collingswood was a "white town." 

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