Monday, May 3, 2010
Welsh resigns at Hofstra
By Andy Katz ESPN.com
Newly hired Hofstra men's basketball coach Tim Welsh resigned on Monday, three days after he was arrested and charged with drunken driving in Long Island, the university said.
"The university accepted the resignation in the best interests of the university and of the men's basketball program," Hofstra said in a brief statement announcing the move.
Welsh's voicemail box was full. His attorney declined to comment.
There was no immediate word from the school on a successor.
Hofstra suspended Welsh without pay on Friday after learning through media reports that Nassau County police had charged him with driving while intoxicated in Levittown, N.Y., earlier in the morning.
Nassau County police said Welsh was found stopped in his Lexus about 1 a.m. ET Friday at a steady green light at an intersection. He was taken into custody and charged with driving while intoxicated and later arraigned, where he pleaded not guilty. He is due back in court on May 4.
Welsh is accused of aggravated driving while intoxicated, which means prosecutors contend he had a blood-alcohol reading over 0.18, more than double the legal limit of 0.08.
Welsh told Newsday in Saturday's editions that he wanted to "express the deepest regrets and apologies over the incident."
His arrest occurred in a county where the district attorney has built a reputation for zero tolerance on drunken driving. During her first term, Kathleen Rice obtained a rare murder conviction against a drunken driver who crashed head-on into a wedding limousine, killing a 7-year-old flower girl and the chauffer.
Welsh, who worked at ESPN and SNY as a college basketball analyst, was fired at Providence two years ago after a decade-long run.
Hofstra hired Welsh on March 31, giving him a contract worth more than $600,000 a year. He also coached at Iona and spent the past two seasons as a commentator for ESPNU.
Welsh replaced Tom Pecora when he took the job at Fordham. Pecora was 155-126 in nine seasons at Hofstra, with three straight NIT appearances from 2005 to 2007.
Welsh spent 10 seasons at Providence, leading the Friars to the NCAA tournament in 2001 and 2004. His record was 160-143.
Andy Katz covers college basketball for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.