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Nevada Basketball: School releases documents used to support hiring of assistant

The University of Nevada disclosed several documents as justification in their hiring of controversial Nevada assistant Yann Hufnagel.

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On Friday, the University of Nevada released 21 documents which includes text messages between Nevada assistant coach Yann Hufnagel and a 24-year-old University of California basketball female reporter who accused Hufnagel of sexual harassment when Hufnagel was an assistant at California.

Hufnagel was hired by Nevada as an assistant coach on April 8th and his hiring came with a whirlwind of controversy due to him being fired at California-Berkeley for violating the school's sexual harassment policy. Hufnagel, who was placed on paid leave and was eventually fired by the school, appealed his termination at first but withdrew the appeal due to the condition that he had to turn over the hundreds of text messages showing the relationship between him and the reporter.

But on Friday, University of Nevada president Marc Johnson said during a public meeting on campus that additional evidence that was not used during California-Berkeley's investigation of Hufnagel made the university confident in the hire. That evidence which the university provided to the Reno Gazette-Journal, includes letters to the Berkeley administrators that Hufnagel was going to use in his appeal before he withdrew it. In those letters, Hufnagel denied the sexual harassment charges brought up by the reporter and the Office of Prevention and Discrimination at California-Berkeley.

Hufnagel's attorneys also said in those documents that were provided to Nevada that the Berkeley investigators only used selective texts that were provided to the reporter. The attorneys also went onto say in those letters to Berkeley that the full transcripts of the hundreds of texts show that the reporter had asked to meet up with Hufnagel on several occasions. The transcripts of the texts include a time when the reporter asked if he was texting her because she was she was so "delightful," and he responded, "Naw, I saw ur tweet and it reminded me to text u and make sure u know I wasn't tryna be short when u asked be about (recruit)."

In the letter sent to the Berkeley investigators Hufnagel's attorneys also denied the reporter's statement saying that he tried to trick her into going into his apartment.

Hufnagel's attorneys said that was most likely the investigators phrasing. "She specifically asked Mr. Hufnagel if he wanted her to come up so they could have a sexual encounter; he said yes; she decided she did not want to do so and left," Hufnagel's attorneys wrote.

Here is the link of the text exchange between Hufnagel and the reporter.