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Bowling Green assistant coach quits

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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP)

Athletic officials at Bowling Green in Ohio say an assistant women's basketball coach has resigned after admitting she had a relationship with a student in the program.

The school confirmed on Thursday that first-year assistant coach Ali Mann resigned last Thursday after it began to look into the relationship.

“This is a really sensitive topic; very emotional, not only for those involved, but for everybody involved with the program,” AD Greg Christopher told the Sentinel-Tribune. “The decision to delay laying out the timeline, was based completely on the welfare of the team. If we had done everything on Friday (Feb. 22) when we announced that Ali had resigned, I believe that real damage would have been done to the team.”

Athletic department spokesman Jason Knavel says Bowling Green officials believe the relationship was consensual and that no NCAA rules were broken.

Christopher told the Sentinel-Tribune that the word "student" has been used because he could not say if the student was a player, a trainer, manager or practice player in the Falcons program.

Mann was a four-year starter at Bowling Green and was a captain on the Falcons' team that reached the final 16 in 2007. She still ranks second on the school's all-time scoring list.

Before returning to coach at Bowling Green this season, Mann was an assistant at Colgate and IPFW in Indiana.

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