BREAKING | Ray Harper Resigns as WKU Basketball coach, Three players suspended

03/17/2016 07:29 PM

Western Kentucky University suspended three basketball players from the program, and announced the resignation of head coach Ray Harper Wednesday.

FROM WESTERN KENTUCKY:
WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart announced today that Fredrick Edmond, Marlon Hunter and Chris McNeal have been suspended from the men’s basketball program following the outcome of a hearing conducted by the University Disciplinary Committee Wednesday night.

“Federal law prevents us from public discussion of any details related to student disciplinary cases,” Stewart said.

No information concerning the disciplinary charges or outcome will be released by the University.

Stewart also announced that head coach Ray Harper has resigned from his position. He will remain in paid status through the end of his contract term, June 30, 2016.

“I would like to thank Ray Harper for his many contributions to our program over the past eight years,” Stewart said. “Today is obviously a very difficult day. President Gary Ransdell and I met with our team a short while ago. We will begin the process of identifying and hiring our next head coach immediately.”

Ray Harper released the following statement:

“Earlier today, I informed Todd Stewart that I was resigning as WKU head men’s basketball coach. I feel this is in the best interests of the program; a program I care deeply about. It has been a true honor being a part of this historic program, as both a head coach and assistant coach. I want to thank my assistant coaches, our support staff and certainly our players for their efforts, dedication and sacrifices on behalf of me and our program. I also want to thank Gary Ransdell, Todd Stewart and our administrative staff for their support and dedication. WKU Athletics has an outstanding group of people, and there is no better place to work. Finally, I want to thank the Bowling Green community and the Hilltopper Nation for the tremendous support they provided my wife Shannon and I. We were proud to call WKU home, and I wish everyone all the best.”

Garrett Moore

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