After taking leave of absence, Leaf resigns as West Texas A&M assistant

Updated: November 7, 2008, 1:44 PM ET
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CANYON, Texas -- West Texas A&M quarterback coach Ryan Leaf has resigned, the school announced Thursday.

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AP Photo/Amarillo Globe-News/Henry BargasRyan Leaf was in his third season as quarterbacks coach at Division II West Texas A&M.
Leaf, who also served as the school's men's golf coach, has been on a leave of absence for personal reasons.

A person briefed on the situation said that Leaf acknowledged he had asked a West Texas A&M player for a pill to help him deal with lingering pain from an injury Leaf had sustained during his NFL playing days, ESPN's Joe Schad reported Wednesday.

"Coach Leaf offered his resignation this morning, which I accepted," WTAMU athletic director Michael McBroom said. "He does not want his personal issues to become a distraction to the players that he has coached for the past three seasons.

"I wish Ryan all the success in the world. He's been a part of our family for the past three years and it's always hard to lose a member of your family. But we will move on and so will Ryan Leaf."

Police said Friday they have not charged nor interviewed Leaf and said it is unclear if a crime has been committed.

"We haven't confronted him about the allegations," Canyon police Chief Bobby Griffin said Friday. "We still have to interview people."

Offensive coordinator Scott Parr will coach the quarterbacks for the remainder of the season.

Jimmy Jameson, former WTAMU golfer and the husband of women's golf coach Meredith Jameson, will become the interim men's golf coach. A national search will be conducted next spring for a permanent replacement.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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