ETSU athletic director steps down in wake of women’s basketball findings

Published 10:31 am Monday, August 1, 2022

JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Scott Carter, is stepping down from his position, effective immediately.

“Earlier this morning, I accepted the resignation of the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Carter,” said ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland. “During his tenure as Athletic Director, Mr. Carter helped our student-athletes win championships, bring home three SoCon Commissioner’s Cups, and achieve academic excellence. His commitment to ETSU Athletics, his decency and his love of sport are unquestionable. Mr. Carter and I have discussed the future of collegiate athletics at length and agreed it is best for him to take a step back from this environment and spend more time with his wife and two children who are in high school. I would like to thank Scott for his service and dedication to ETSU.”

Dr. Richard “Doc” Sander, who previously served as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics from 2013 to 2017, will serve as Interim AD until a permanent replacement can be named.

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The announcement comes the same day the university announced the termination of women’s head basketball coach Simon Harris after four former players filed complaints alleging discrimination and unfair treatment. The university released its findings from an internal investigation on Monday, citing “multiple ethical and policy violations.” The findings have been turned over to the NCAA.