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UT coach resigned after inappropriate texts found

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The University of Toledo's (UT) former track and field coach has come under scrutiny due to an investigation prompted by his possible relationship with a student athlete.

Kevin Hadsell resigned January 24, just after UT human resources representatives confronted him with text messages and other information brought to their attention.

Last fall, UT said their senior women's administrator received an anonymous call, and the caller's information was forwarded to human resources for an investigation.

Hadsell denied a relationship with a student more than once, but in December, a current student athlete came forward with more information.

Text messages were discovered between Hadsell and a female athlete, some containing sexual content and vulgarities. The messages indicated that Hadsell had some kind of relationship with the student athlete.

Some of the texts said, "I'm down for drinks, laughs, sex," and, "Don't mention a word of this to anyone."

Although no NCAA violations were committed, UT Athletic Director Mike O'Brien said Hadsell's 15 years of successful coaching did not excuse his behavior.

"We expect our coaches to behave in a manner that's appropriate," O'Brien said. "And this was inappropriate, clearly…I can't tell you how many times I talked with coaches and staff about, ‘When you have that logo on your shirt, you are representing not only yourself, but that institution, your team, more than just one person."

An interim coach is currently in place, and the university is searching for a permanent replacement.

The identity of the student has been protected, but other students felt the university had every right to confront Hadsell.

"A coach should be like a mentor, someone to look up to, not trying to get with the track runners," said UT Freshman Treven Flynn. "That's completely inappropriate."

"I didn't expect it to happen at UT," Zach Farley, another freshman, added. "But it's definitely uncalled for."

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