LSU: Chatman quit before probe finished

Updated: March 15, 2007, 7:01 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Former LSU women's basketball coach Pokey Chatman resigned before the university could finish investigating alleged improprieties, the university's chancellor said Thursday.

In an interview with The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Chancellor Sean O'Keefe said her resignation ended the investigation. According to various media reports, the allegations centered on inappropriate behavior with a former LSU player.

O'Keefe said no current players are involved. He would only describe the case as "a pattern of activity that was disruptive to the team" and refused to elaborate. But he said no one complained of being a victim.

"No one came forth to say they were wronged," O'Keefe said.

The university first learned of allegations about three weeks ago, O'Keefe said, but had not confirmed them as fact by the time Chatman resigned March 6, O'Keefe said.

Chatman inititally said she would step down after the NCAA Tournament but decided March 7 to leave immediately. O'Keefe said leaving the university was Chatman's preference and she was not encouraged to resign.

O'Keefe said Chatman "did the right thing," but described the case as "a real tragedy."


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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