Joseph was put on leave by the athletic department on Wednesday for a "pending personnel matter." Assistant coach Mark Simons was appointed acting head coach in her place. On Thursday, an attorney for Joseph said in a statement that the coach had not been given a reason for being placed on leave and asserted that the school was retaliating against her for raising gender-equity issues in the athletic department."
Peresson declined to comment on the situation involving Joseph.
"I loved playing for Georgia Tech and for coach ‘Jo,’ ” Peresson said. “I had so many great memories playing for her and representing the university that I will bring with me forever. I’ve been a student-athlete here. I felt that I gave everything to this university and I just feel like it was really unfortunate that it finished like this.”
Tech lost to No. 22 Florida State 64-55. For the second consecutive game, starting guards Kierra Fletcher and Francesca Pan were not with the team for what has been termed personal reasons.
“They’ve been very positive,” Simons said of the team’s players. “They’ve bonded together as a team and that’s been really encouraging to me.”