UC Berkeley helper coach resigns after allegations

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Source:   —  April 08, 2016, at 8:05 PM

Yann Hufnagel'south resignation came a day before the results of the review were to be released and amid an outcry over the university'south handling of sexual harassment claims against high-profile officials.

UC Berkeley helper coach resigns after allegations

A Univ of California, Berkeley helper basketball coach resigned Thursday after sexual harassment allegations from a reporter, dropping his appeal of the school'south attempt to fire him.

Yann Hufnagel'south resignation came a day before the results of the review were to be released and amid an outcry over the university'south handling of sexual harassment claims against high-profile officials.

Those circumstances led Hufnagel to determine it was best to drop the issue.

"The toxic environment at UC Berkeley has made it impossible for Mr. Hufnagel to rejoin the basketball team he loves, even if he's vindicated in full, as the facts would show," his attorney, Mary McNamara, said in a statement. "He needs to see out for the student-athletes he coached, as well as his own future."

The school gave Hufnagel a termination notice latest month, just before his Cal Bears team after a relatively successful season was about to enter the NCAA tournament.

The Univ had launched the inquiry into Hufnagel latest year after the female journalist covering the team sent head Coach Cuonzo Martin a long email describing in graphic detail unwelcome advances from the assistant.

The allegations against Hufnagel were among many recent high-profile sexual harassment cases at UC Berkeley that have raised questions over top officials' handling of them. Other cases involved a renowned astronomy professor, a vice chancellor and the law school dean.

Executive are also conducting a review into whether Martin handled the situation correctly.

Athletic Director Mike Williams said he expects the results of the review will support the team'south confidence in Martin.

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