Dawn Staley chose not to send Clark to Paris over WNBA veterans with experience.

Dawn Staley and Caitlin Clark at an NCAA awards conference.

Dawn Staley and Caitlin Clark at an NCAA awards conference.LAPRESSE

Whether she wants it to be the case or not, everything that happens to Caitlin Clark on and off the court will be covered extensively by the national media.

So when Team USA’s roster for the 2024 Summer Olympics was announced and Clark’s name wasn’t on it, many fans were outraged. And the decision is still being talked about up until today. Now, Clark’s fans are taking it out on a rival head coach of hers from her Iowa days.

How Dawn Staley played a role in Caitlin Clark’s Olympics snub

A report came out that Dawn Staley, South Carolina’s current head coach, is part of the five-person selection committee that decided who makes the Olympic team.

The roster is selected by the women’s basketball committee. This includes South Carolina coach and former U.S. coach Dawn Staley, LSU assistant Seimone Augustus, Old Dominion coach Delisha Milton-Jones, Connecticut Sun president Jennifer Rizzotti and WNBA head of league operations Bethany Donaphin.

Staley’s South Carolina team spoiled Clark’s dream of winning the NCAA Championship in her final season. While fans are using that as a reason for why she may not have voted for Clark to make the team, it doesn’t seem like it’s personal at all.

After South Carolina defeated Iowa in April, Staley had this to say about Clark.

“I want to personally thank Caitlin Clark for lifting up our sport. She carried a heavy load for our sport, and it’s not just going to stop here. But when she’s the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft, she’s going to lift that league up as well. So Caitlin Clark if you’re out there, you are one of the GOATs of our game, and we appreciate you”.

It’s clear the selection committee’s decision came down to players having more experience.