University of San Diego men’s basketball coach Lamont Smith stepped down on Wednesday night, 10 days after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence at the end of a road trip.
The married father-of-two stepped down after he was accused of assaulting his alleged lover at a team hotel in San Francisco on February 25.
On Wednesday, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office said Smith would not face charges ‘at this time’ in connection to the incident.
Even though no charges were filed, the university said on Tuesday that Smith, 42, remained on administrative leave pending an internal probe.
Athletic director Bill McGillis said Smith, who played at USD as a student and was in his third season as coach, offered his resignation on Wednesday night and the school accepted it.
McGillis said he then notified the team.
‘I’m saddened for Lamont,’ McGillis said. ‘Lamont loves the University of San Diego. He went here. He’s one of ours, and so I’m saddened for him, but I am simply looking forward now at my responsibility to identify the right leadership going forward.
‘He resigned and we’re going to go hire a great coach. He did a lot of very good things here.
‘Lamont clearly, in three years, elevated our program and brought great kids here, brought very good athletes here, guys that are winners.
‘We’ve gone from nine wins to 13 wins to 18 wins, so he did a lot of very good things and I’m grateful for that.’
As the Toreros prepared to fly home from the Oakland airport on February 25, Smith was arrested for investigation of domestic violence, assault with force, likely to commit great bodily injury and false imprisonment.
The allegations stemmed from a disturbance at the team hotel hours after the Toreros beat San Francisco in the regular-season finale.
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Source: Daily Mail