Melissa McFerrin

Memphis women's basketball coach Melissa McFerrin has never led the Tigers to an NCAA Tournament berth in 11 seasons at the helm. Her team has one winning season since moving to the American Athletic Conference in 2013-14,

MEMPHIS – The University of Memphis says it has launched an independent external review of its women's basketball program in response to complaints of abuse and harassment.

School officials said in a statement Wednesday that they have launched a review "in light of recent developments in the Aathletics' department and the seriousness of some of the allegations made."

The statement added that "it is the University's commitment and responsibility to provide our student-athletes with an opportunity to learn, play and succeed in an environment free from harassment and abuse."

The school didn't specify the nature, source or date of any allegations that had been made.

The Daily Memphian website first reported the review.

Memphis coach Melissa McFerrin owns a 175-172 record in 11 seasons at the school. The Tigers went 11-20 this past season. After the season, the 58-year-old McFerrin received a two-year extension to a contract that now runs through 2020-21.

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