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May 17, 2013

Staggs tells of two-year ordeal on OU golf team

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NORMAN, Okla. —

Drouin and Naifeh were offered an opportunity to comment on the allegations made in this story. Neither chose to respond.

Despite everything that has happened, Staggs hasn’t given up on her goal of playing professional golf. She will just have to take a different route. While she finishes her final year of school, she will work, practice and enter as many events as she can afford. That includes playing in a U.S. Open Qualifier next week in Houston.

Even though Staggs said she has been told by Naifeh that Oklahoma will pay for her final year at school, the experience has left her angry. She believes she was pushed into a corner and no one at her school had her back.

“I don’t want other athletes to be afraid to stand up or speak out,” Staggs said, “because it’s their career. It’s everything they have worked for since they were little. I think you should be able to tell your story and be able to stand up for yourself. There is just no one in place for a student athlete to turn to when something like this happens. There should be somebody in place to where they can be protected.

“So often, you have all these people there to protect the university and coaches. But when a situation like this happens, who do I turn to? Who is going to protect me?”

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