Rene Portland Hating Since the '80s
During her 27-year tenure, Penn State women's basketball coach Rene Portland maintained a reign of public and private homophobic intimidation. A gay former player alleged that Portland came to her in 1981 and essentially said that if she found out the player was homosexual, she would out her to the media and her family. In 1986, Portland bragged of her no-lesbians policy in an interview, saying, "I will not have it in my program. I bring it up, and the kids are so relieved, and the parents are so relieved." Finally, in 2005, Jennifer Harris, a homosexual player, claimed she was cut from the team by Portland because she was gay. A suit was filed by Harris and it eventually led to Portland's resignation. Good riddance.