Lady Rebels player accuses former team’s coach of grooming her into sexual relationship | files suit against high-profile names of athletic department

UNLV No. 0 Ashely Scoggin shoots the ball against Utah Tech. (Scarlet & Gray Free Press/DJ Cabanlong).

A UNLV women’s basketball transfer student from Nebraska is suing her previous school after being dismissed from the team in February 2022.

In a lawsuit filed on Feb. 18, Ashley Scoggin accused the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ women’s basketball head coach Amy Williams and athletic director Trev Alberts for allegedly not taking appropriate action after a predatory relationship with associate coach Chuck Love Jr., who is also included in the suit.

“The university was made aware of the lawsuit Monday morning,” University of Nebraska Spokesperson Melissa Lee said. “While the university does not comment on the specifics of pending litigation, it does not agree with the allegations contained in the complaint and intends to vigorously defend this matter.”

Scoggin was dismissed from the Cornhuskers roster after other members of the team discovered her and Love Jr. in the same hotel room on the team’s road trip to play against Penn State.

Love Jr. initially recruited Scoggin in 2020 from Salt Lake Community College to play for Nebraska. 

According to the lawsuit, Scoggin’s sexual relationship with Love Jr., who has a wife, two sons and two daughters, stemmed from him messaging her through Snapchat late at night asking her to meet for drinks. Initially, she did not accept an invitation to drink with him and Williams’ husband. 

After declining the invitation for drinks, Scoggin allegedly met up with Love Jr. later that night with alcohol. The lawsuit states that’s when he kissed her.

According to the accusations, the relationship turned sexual after the encounter, and Love Jr. expected Scoggin to have sex with him.

The lawsuit describes that, after Scoggin refused to have a threesome with Love Jr. and an undisclosed man, she felt like she was given less playing minutes.

Scoggin averaged 31.8 minutes in her first season with the Cornhuskers and 24.8 minutes her second season. She played less minutes on the court despite scoring more points per game and having a higher 3-point percentage in her second season. 

Scoggin was recruited to Nebraska as a specialist from beyond the arc, finishing seventh all-time in 3-point percentage by a Cornhusker in only 52 games played.

Scoggin’s second season with the team was cut short after members of the team and practice squad allegedly created a ruse to record Scoggin in Love Jr.’s hotel room on a team trip.

The lawsuit describes that a male practice player from the team falsely identified himself as Love Jr. to the desk clerk at the team’s hotel to obtain a key to the coach’s room.

Following the video reaching the hands of Williams, she at first suspended then dismissed Scoggin from the team, while Love Jr. was suspended with pay. He resigned after the 2022 season.

Scoggin included Williams and Alberts in the lawsuit because of their failure of prevention and response to a sexual encounter between student-athletes and coaches.

According to the lawsuit, the university did not have rules and policies to establish and enforce boundaries as to sexual relationships between coaches and players, or to decrease the likelihood of sexual harassment/predation by employees of Cornhusker student-athletes. The suit also stated that Williams put no restrictions on Love Jr.’s interactions with student-athletes.

After Scoggin was dismissed from the team, Alberts allegedly did not launch an investigation of the situation until she filed a Title IX complaint on March 11, 2022. 

Scoggin was informed after Love Jr.’s resignation that the university dismissed her Title IX complaint, the suit stated.


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