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Parents of Illinois players don't believe coach allegations

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) The parents of a current University of Illinois women's basketball player and an incoming recruit said Thursday that they don't believe the allegations made by seven former players in a lawsuit this week accusing coaches of creating racial hostility.

But the plaintiffs' attorney said an eighth former player has asked to join the lawsuit.

In the lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court, the former players accuse coach Matt Bollant and former assistant coach Mike Divilbiss, who are white, of treating black players poorly to try to drive them off the team and doing the same to white players who supported them.

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