Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Eustachy leaves Cyclones after reaching settlement



The Associated Press

AMES, Iowa - Iowa State basketball coach Larry Eustachy resigned Monday, one week after the publication of embarrassing photos of him drinking and partying with students.

Eustachy acknowledged that he was an alcoholic seeking treatment last Wednesday, the same day the school suspended him with pay and athletic director Bruce Van De Velde recommended he be fired.

The deal between Eustachy and Iowa State gives the coach $110,000 for the remainder of 2003 and a lump sum of $850,000 on Jan. 1, 2004.

"By resolving this situation today, we will continue to move forward in our important mission of providing students with the best education possible," said Dr. Greg Geoffroy, university president.

Eustachy, who had said last week he would not resign, spoke briefly outside his home Monday evening, saying it was "extremely important to resolve this issue immediately for the benefit of everyone involved."

Eustachy said he concluded over the weekend that it would be best to accept the settlement, resign and move on.

"I'm not done coaching. I will coach again," he said.

As part of the settlement, Eustachy will receive the university's health benefits over the next year. Those benefits include coverage for treatment of alcoholism, said university attorney Steve Zumbach said.

ALABAMA SEARCH: Miami Dolphins assistant coach Mike Shula has emerged as a top candidate to replace fired coach Mike Price at Alabama.

The former Crimson Tide quarterback met Sunday with Alabama athletic director Mal Moore and University President Robert Witt in Miami, according to newspaper reports.

Shula, 37, has never been a head coach. Moore said Monday head coaching experience wasn't mandatory for the hire.

"I'm looking for who I think is the best for this situation and who could come in with this very awkward time frame," he said.

NEW C-USA BOWL GAME: Plans were officially introduced for the inaugural Fort Worth Bowl, which will be played Dec. 23 at 46,000-seat Amon Carter Stadium on the TCU campus. It will be televised by ESPN, whose regional group spearheaded the bowl's formation. The bowl, approved by the NCAA last week, will match teams from the Big 12 and Conference USA.

INTERIM PITT AD LEAVES: Marc Boehm, the interim athletic director at Pittsburgh, is leaving to join his old boss at Nebraska. Boehm said he is leaving Pitt after six years to join former athletic director Steve Pederson at Nebraska in an associate's role.

NEW BONNIES COACH: Anthony Solomon was introduced as St. Bonaventure's basketball coach Monday, ending a chaotic two months marked by league sanctions, a player boycott and the ouster of three top school officials. Solomon, a 38-year-old former Notre Dame assistant, replaces the fired Jan van Breda Kolff.




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