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Former SIU player Hawkins resigns coaching position

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A Southern Illinois assistant basketball
coach indicted as part of a federal investigation into a Kansas
community college's athletic program resigned Monday, the school
announced.

Shane Hawkins, 29, had been on a paid leave of absence since
Oct. 20, a day after being accused of making a false statement
before a federal grand jury investigating athletic improprieties at
Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan.

Hawkins was an assistant at Barton County from 1999 until 2001,
according to the SIU men's basketball media guide. A former SIU
player who graduated in 1999 and holds the school record for career
3-point shooting, Hawkins was promoted to assistant coach at
Southern Illinois last season after working there as a graduate
assistant in athletics.

In a resignation letter submitted Monday, Hawkins wrote that his
decision to leave the program "was difficult, but it will allow me
to focus on personal matters that require my attention at this time."

There was no public telephone listing for a Shane Hawkins in the
Carbondale area.

Head coach Chris Lowery didn't indicate when Hawkins' successor
would be hired.

Coaches at Barton County have been accused of getting athletes
grants they were not qualified to receive and campus jobs that paid
them for work they did not perform; of helping the athletes with
correspondence courses and tests; and of sending false academic
credentials to other schools on the athletes' behalf.

The investigation also led to the firing of former Barton County
president Veldon Law.