Lamont Smith resigns as San Diego coach 10 days after arrest
The resignation comes after police declined to charge Smith in relation to a domestic abuse incident
Lamont Smith has resigned as head coach at the University of San Diego, sources told CBS Sports on Wednesday night.
Smith's departure from his alma mater comes one day after his attorney released a statement that no charges of domestic abuse would be levied against Smith. Smith was arrested Feb. 25 at Oakland International Airport after a woman, whose identity has not been made public, alleged Smith abused her in a hotel room the night before.
The arrest came the day after San Diego played its regular-season finale against the University of San Francisco. Smith was never formally charged.
"After reviewing all the evidence and completing their investigation, the San Francisco District Attorney's office has discharged the matter and has declined to file any charges against Coach Smith," the statement from Gail Shifman, Smith's attorney, reads. "An arrest in California is not the same as being charged with a crime. The San Francisco District Attorney's Office has declined to file charges because there is insufficient evidence and there are no court proceedings."
The 42-year-old Smith played for San Diego from 1995-99. He met with his team Wednesday night to tell them of his resignation. Smith, who was hired in 2015, had two years remaining on his contract. Assistant Sam Scholl was named interim head coach while Smith was on administrative leave. The Toreros went 18-13 this season, matching the program's most victories in a season in a decade.
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