Throughout the first weekend of the July evaluation recruiting period, Thompson's job status was the source of intense speculation by colleagues. Rumors swirled at various coaches camps, and in the Muncie, Ind., area, that Thompson would resign after his staff was caught committing offseason workout violations for the second time in as many years. Late last month racist letters were slipped under Thompson's door. According to the Muncie Star-Press, racial slurs, along with words "cheaters" and "liars," were written on notes left in the basketball offices in a "break-in" on June 24. Ball State University police officer Gene Burton told ESPN.com Wednesday that the case should be resolved next week. The suspense intensified when Thompson went on vacation the first weekend of the July evaluation period while the majority of coaches were on the road. Thompson and his staff were cited for the second year in a row for violating NCAA rules by being present at voluntary offseason workouts. It has been reported by the Star-Press that the staff lied about the violations, too.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Ronny Thompson Resigns
This is a truly bizarre turn of events for former Hoyas point guard and Assistant Coach Ronny Thompson. Two days after the vocal support of his athletic director, he resigns. The issues (at least publicly) are two self-reported rules violations that certainly qualify as fairly minor and the racist notes left in his office. Does any of that rise to the level of something worth resigning over? Strange.