Columbia coach Pete Mangurian resigns under fire

Columbia University football coach Pete Mangurian resigned on Friday.

This occured amid allegations from Columbia Lions players of mistreatment by their head coach –€“ including pressure for them to play with concussions –€“ on top of a 21-game losing streak.

"I have accepted Pete Mangurian’s resignation because we have all come to the conclusion that it would be in the best interests of Columbia Athletics," university president Lee Bollinger said in a statement via the New York Times.

On Thursday, the Columbia Daily Spectator reported that 25 players had combined on a letter that detailed accounts of€“ physical and mental abuse €“heaped on them by the Lions’ coach.

The New York Times contacted Mangurian on Thursday, but he informed the paper he was told not to discuss the reported charges. He could not be reached for comment on Friday. 

Mangurian compiled a 3-27 record over three seasons.

"While we don’t generally comment on specific cases under review, it is essential to note that Columbia adheres to a strict medical protocol regarding head injuries for all sports teams and our investigation has found no evidence to support an allegation of a departure from that protocol with our football players," the Ivy League school said in its statement.