Big Ten drops name of track star from award in wake of scandal
The Big Ten female athlete of the year award no longer is named for an Olympic track star from Wisconsin who later acknowledged working as a prostitute.
A Big Ten spokesman said that Suzy Favor Hamilton’s name was removed from the award after discussions between the league and Wisconsin.
Favor competed in the Olympics in 1992, 1996 and 2000. The Smoking Gun website in December reported that Favor Hamilton had worked as an escort in Las Vegas.
• Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey was suspended for her team’s next NCAA Tournament game for criticizing the officiating after a loss to Louisville last spring.
After Louisville upset top-seeded Baylor 82-81 in March, Mulkey blasted the officials.
“I thought that all three of them, if they go past this round of officiating, it will be sad for the game,” she said.