Ray Harper resigns as Western Kentucky basketball coach

March 17, 2016

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Western Kentucky coach Ray Harper has resigned.

It is unknown whether Harper's resignation is related to the suspensions of Hilltopper players Fredrick Edmond, Marlon Hunter and Chris McNeal following a hearing Wednesday night by the school's disciplinary committee. No specifics about what rules the players violated were mentioned in a release Thursday night, and athletic director Todd Stewart said federal privacy law prevented the school from discussing details about student disciplinary cases.

The release also did not specify reasons for the resignation by the 54-year-old Harper, who was 89-64 in five seasons with WKU, including 18-16 this year. Under Harper, the Hilltoppers won Sun Belt Conference Tournament championships in 2012 and 2013 to automatically qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

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