Basketball Coach Resigns After DWI Arrest - Why?

According to reports, Hofstra's men's basketball coach Tim Welsh resigned only 3 days after he was arrested and charged with DWI.  The question that I ask, "Why, why would you resign after only an allegation of Drunk Driving?"

"The university accepted the resignation in the best interests of the university and of the men's basketball program," Hofstra spokesman Stephen Gorchov said in a statement.  According to the report, Welsh was to be paid $3 million over the next 5 years.

Was this really a resignation from someone charged with DWI or did the University force him to resign.  My guess - the University forced him to resign pursuant to some morality clause in his contract, though that was not in any report I have seen.  This begs the question, "Is an arrest for DWI really a morality issue."  There have been coaches that have certainly survived a DWI arrest and conviction.  Let me know your thoughts on this issue.

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D - May 3, 2010 3:23 PM

I am not very familiar with employment contracts, but it seems to me that a morality clause would be breach that would release Hofstra from the contract, and not trigger a buyout? Being released with a buyout could def be good for him, there is a possibility he then gets picked up somewhere else and double-dips. With lower BAC limits and low burdens of proof of impairment for a conviction it seems like DWAI and DUI are going to affect a higher and higher percentage of the population. Surely there has to be a tipping point where such a large percentage of the population will have a DUI or DWAI in their history that it will be viewed as a spot of bad luck, and not as a character or morality defect. I doubt anyone who themselves has been convicted of DUI views themselves as morally defective because of it, but more likely to view it as an isolated bad decision or bad luck.

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