Baylor Women’s Basketball Coach Kim Mulkey Says NCAA Values ‘Almighty Dollar’ More than Players Health

Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey reacts to a call in a Jan. 16 game against Iowa State. Rod Aydelotte, AP

Returning to the sideline for the first time in nearly a month, Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey was upset with her team’s loss on Saturday, but even more with the circumstances surrounding it.

The Basketball Hall of Famer was coaching in her first game since contracting COVID-19 on Christmas Day — and her team’s first game since the program went on pause Jan. 5 due to a team member testing positive.

“The season will continue on. It’s called the almighty dollar,” Mulkey said Saturday after the No. 6 Lady Bears lost 75-71 to Iowa State, ending their 61-game home-court winning streak, which was the longest in Division I women’s basketball.

“The NCAA has to have the almighty dollar from the men’s tournament. The almighty dollar is more important than the health and welfare of me, the players or anybody else.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Steve Gardner