ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Hamline University says suspended basketball coach Nelson Whitmore has left the school after a player was accused of punching a woman.
Hamline said Wednesday that Whitmore and the St. Paul university agreed he did not violate any NCAA or Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference policies. But Hamline says there is ``mutual agreement'' his departure ``is the best course of action.''
Whitmore was suspended in early January after former Hamline forward Eugene Lawrence III was arrested in Spokane, Wash., while on a team trip. Lawrence was charged with second-degree assault for allegedly hitting a woman in the face at the team hotel and has pleaded not guilty.
Whitmore was in his sixth season as the Pipers' coach. Athletic director Jason Verdugo (vur-DOO'-goh) will continue as acting coach for the rest of the season.

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