O'Neill cites investigation of Bears

Updated: October 24, 2003, 9:11 PM ET
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico women's basketball assistant coach Brian O'Neill resigned Friday.

O'Neill, who previously worked at Baylor, cited an ongoing investigation of NCAA violations at his former school as the reason for leaving New Mexico.

"During my tenure as an assistant coach at Baylor University, NCAA violations occurred," he said in a statement released Friday. "Due to the ongoing investigation at Baylor, I feel this is the right decision."

New Mexico head coach Don Flanagan said he accepted O'Neill's resignation. A search for a replacement began immediately.

O'Neill, who was hired as an assistant at New Mexico in July, left Baylor after the 2002-03 season.

This summer at Baylor, player Patrick Dennehy, who previously attended New Mexico, was found shot to death and teammate Carlton Dotson was arrested for the crime.

Allegations later arose that head coach Dave Bliss was directly involved in paying tuition and other expenses for Dennehy and another player and that failed drug tests by players weren't reported properly.

After four years as Baylor's head coach, Bliss resigned and the school put itself on two years' probation.


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