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Dawn Staley on Jim Sterk: 'I'm not going to go out of my way to speak to him'

Dawn Staley stands behind Gamecocks basketball fans

South Carolina’s Dawn Staley stands behind Gamecocks basketball fans in light of Missouri AD comments.
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South Carolina’s Dawn Staley stands behind Gamecocks basketball fans in light of Missouri AD comments.

Dawn Staley and Jim Sterk are in the same building this week, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be chatting.

“Will I speak? I’m not going to go out of my way to speak to him, but as far as what happened, it’s over in my book,” South Carolina’s women’s basketball coach said.

Staley and Sterk recently settled a defamation lawsuit Staley filed against Sterk. The suite stemmed from comments Missouri’s athletic director made after his Tigers played Staley’s team in Colonial Life Arena. When Sterk did not retract the comments, Staley sued him in February and last week the two settled for $50,000, and Sterk issued an apology. Half the monetary settlement went to Staley’s INNERSOLE charity and the rest went to lawyer’s fees.

“It’s over with,” Staley said Tuesday. “We got what we wanted out of the deal. The apology was the main thing.”

Asked if she’d seen Sterk yet this week, he replied simply, “Nope."

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