Thompson Resigning As BSU Men's Basketball Coach

Thursday, July 12th 2007, 8:39 pm
By: News On 6

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) _ Ball State men's basketball coach Ronny Thompson will resign, the university said Thursday.

Thompson, who went 9-22 in his first and only season, sent a letter to the university Thursday indicating his plans to resign, Ball State officials said.

``Its disappointing,'' Ball State athletic director Tom Collins said. ``We worked very hard with Ronny. I wanted this to work.''

The Associated Press left a phone message seeking comment from Thompson.

Ball State has said Thompson, who was named coach in April 2006, and his staff broke NCAA rules last summer and in May by being at voluntary offseason team workouts. The school said the coaches lied about their involvement in the May violations.

Last month, notes including racial slurs and insults were slipped under the office doors of Thompson and other staff members. The university was investigating the source of the notes.

Thompson is a son of Hall of Fame member John Thompson, who coached Georgetown for 27 seasons.

Ball State planned a news conference Friday to discuss Thompson's resignation.