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BATON ROUGE, La. – Clearly, that frequent scowl of Daybreak Staley was not there.

Her No.1 and undefeated South Carolina girls’s basketball workforce had simply come again from a double-digit deficit to beat No. 9 LSU, 76-70, earlier than a sellout crowd of 13,205 largely unfriendly followers Thursday night time on the Pete Maravich Meeting Middle.

LSU head coach Kim Mulkey, going through, greets South Carolina head coach Daybreak Staley earlier than an NCAA faculty basketball recreation in Baton Rouge, La., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024. South Carolina gained 76-70.  (AP Photograph/Gerald Herbert)

“Truly they have been good, they have been calling me, Boo,” Staley mentioned and laughed.

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Not even a query by OutKick about her continued, cussed reluctance with out grounds to not re-schedule Brigham Younger College due to an alleged racial slur by a fan at a volleyball recreation at BYU in 2022 angered her.

However it did shock her.

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“The place did that come from?” a surprised Staley requested and raised her proper arm excessive as if to say, “Out of nowhere.”

Staley, who subsequently canceled video games towards BYU in response to the volleyball incident, has not had any touch upon the state of affairs since a couple of weeks after the story broke in September of 2022. OutKick requested on this night time if she nonetheless didn’t need to schedule BYU after greater than two years to look again on it.

“That’s grabbing one thing from the air,” she mentioned.

“Is {that a} no?,” OutKick requested. There was no reply.

Dawn Staley reacts to a game against East Carolina

Head coach Daybreak Staley of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts throughout their recreation towards the East Carolina Girl Pirates in Williams Enviornment at Minges Coliseum on December 30, 2023 in Greenville, North Carolina. SC gained 73-36.  (Lance King/Getty Photos)

South Carolina (18-0, 6-0 Southeastern Convention) possible would nonetheless be undefeated had it performed BYU in Provo, Utah early this season as initially scheduled. BYU is 12-8 and 2-5 on the season after going 16-17 and 9-9 final season.

On Aug. 26, 2022, in Provo, Utah, BYU beat Duke, 3-1, in a school volleyball recreation. Duke freshman participant Rachel Richardson mentioned a BYU fan shouted racial feedback at her, and shortly the story went viral, and Staley canceled the BYU recreation from her workforce’s schedule for the 2022-23 season in addition to this season.

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Quickly after, although, BYU Police mentioned they have been unable to verify {that a} fan or anybody had yelled such slurs. BYU affiliate athletic director Jon McBride mentioned BYU banned the accused fan recognized by Duke as saying the slurs from any future BYU volleyball matches.

“Nevertheless, we now have been unable to seek out any proof of that particular person utilizing slurs within the match,” McBride instructed the Salt Lake Metropolis Tribune.

The South Carolina Freedom Caucus of greater than 12 state lawmakers spoke louder in regards to the habits by Staley and South Carolina. It despatched a letter dated Sept. 15, 2022, to Staley, athletic director Ray Tanner and the college asking for clarification on the choice to cancel the collection with BYU. They known as that call an “ill-advised overreaction to an obvious misguided declare,” within the letter.

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“Given the totality of the circumstances, it appears the College of South Carolina rushed to appease the loudest voices of the far left by ‘canceling’ BYU each actually and figuratively with out respect for the reality,” the caucus continued within the letter. “It’s our opinion the college acted arbitrarily and capriciously with out consideration or regard for the info and circumstances.”

Nov 24, 2023; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Daybreak Staley directs her workforce towards the Mississippi Valley State Devilettes within the first half at Colonial Life Enviornment.   (Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports activities)

However Daybreak Staley held her floor then.

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“I exchanged data with BYU and Duke, and I nonetheless got here to the identical conclusion,” she mentioned after that on Sept. 29, 2022, to the Greenville Information. “We’re simply going to need to comply with disagree on this occasion. Did (Richardson) come out and say that she apologized for listening to one thing unsuitable? That’s her story, and that’s what she’s sticking with. Till she comes out and says that – and I’ll be the primary to apologize and say I’m unsuitable – however that has but to return out. So, that’s what I’m sticking with.”

Richardson has not made any such feedback since.

South Carolina mentioned in 2022 that Staley would don’t have any extra feedback on the matter. And she or he held to that on Thursday night time.