According to Rasmussen, McDermott has been banned from all team activities with immediate effect and other penalties are “still under review”.
McDermott, 56, apologized Tuesday for “the pain my words caused”.
In a statement he posted on his Twitter account at the time, McDermott quoted his comments as follows: “Guys, we have to stick together. We need both feet. I need everyone to stay on the plantation. I can’t let anyone leave the plantation. “
“In the past 72 hours, I’ve had several difficult conversations with athletes, staff, parents and university administrators,” McDermott wrote in his apology on Tuesday. “I am determined to make sure this will never happen again and use this as a learning experience. Although there is still a lot to be done and there is trust to win something back, I appreciate the honesty of our sports students and will have an open dialogue as we grow and learn together. “
McDermott said he made his comments on Saturday after his 17-6 Bluejays suffered “an emotionally tough loss on the road” for Xavier. “I spoke to our student athletes and staff in the locker room after the game,” he said.
McDermott claimed he had “never used that analogy” and “it is not an indication of who I am as a person or as a coach”.
In a separate statement on Tuesday, Creighton described the language used by McDermott as “unfortunate.”
“While an apology is a start,” the school said, “and while we believe this was atypical of Coach McDermott, it in no way diminishes the fact that his remark was hurtful to many and has absolutely no place in Creighton. ” Community. We offered our full and unconditional support to those affected. “
Creighton co-trainer Terrence Rencher published his own statement on Tuesday in collaboration with Coaches For Action, whose aim is to “clarify and raise awareness of social injustices”.
“I am deeply hurt by his words,” said Rencher, who is black. “Although my relationship with Coach was positive and I never saw any racist energy from him, what he said was wrong and insensitive. ‘Plantation’ had a dark and hurtful history in my community and it cannot be overlooked.
“The players have decided that they want to pursue their goals this season with Coach McDermott on the pitch. I support their wishes and will continue to put my heart into coaching them and helping them deal with bigger problems.”
Rasmussen said Thursday that another assistant, Alan Huss, will act as interim coach in McDermott’s absence.
McDermott, the father of NBA player and former Creighton star Doug McDermott, is in his 11th season with the Bluejays. McDermott is from Iowa and was previously the reigning Big East Coach of the Year. He took Creighton # 14 to the NCAA tournament five times.
Before a game on Wednesday at Villanova No. 10, McDermott reportedly said on a pregame show that he had offered to resign. After the game, a loss of 72:60, the coach said of his players: “The pain I saw in their eyes was immense. This is a cross that I have to wear for a while. I’ll be a better person on the other end. But it will be a process. “
“Coach McDermott and our athletics program must use this incident as an opportunity for growth and learning,” said Rasmussen on Thursday, “as there is a lot more work to be done.”