Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Welsh's DWI case adjourned until June
ESPN.com news services
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- A judge has adjourned the drunken driving case against former Hofstra men's basketball coach Tim Welsh until June 1.
Welsh has pleaded not guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated and other charges following his arrest last Friday. He was stopped at a green light in Levittown at 1 a.m. ET when he was arrested. He is accused of having a blood-alcohol reading over 0.18, more than double the legal limit of 0.08.
Welsh has hired a new defense attorney, Ronald Beckoff, who declined to comment.
The 49-year-old Welsh resigned Monday, only a month after signing a five-year contract for $3 million at the Long Island school. Hofstra officials have yet to comment on a possible replacement for Welsh.
"The university accepted the resignation in the best interests of the university and of the men's basketball program," Hofstra said on Monday in a brief statement announcing the move.
Welsh, who was hired at Hofstra on March 31, was suspended without pay on Friday when the university learned through media reports that he had been arrested and charged earlier that morning.
Welsh previously coached at Iona and at Providence, where he spent 10 seasons and led the Friars to the NCAA tournament in 2001 and 2004. He has worked as a college basketball analyst for SNY and ESPN.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com college basketball writer Andy Katz was used in this report.