A former Mississippi coach who was accused of sexually abusing players says he’s “broken and exhausted” after he’s left the Bulldogs’ program.
Former Mississippi coach Ed Orgeron is the first coach to be charged in the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.
Orgeroff resigned Wednesday, just hours after the university agreed to pay a $300 million settlement with former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sanderson.
The $300M settlement was announced Monday.
Orgerson, a three-time national coach of the year, was suspended after an internal investigation revealed he sexually abused at least 15 players.
He had been fired as a player in 2013 after being accused of raping a 12-year-old boy in the 1970s.
He told the Jackson Clarion Ledger in a statement released Tuesday that he had not given up on his dream to coach at the University of Mississippi and he was not going to give up on this school.
“The university of Mississippi is the home of my children, and it is important to me that the people of Mississippi understand this is the end of an era, and I can’t imagine a more appropriate time to announce my departure than this,” Orgero said.
Orgeron was an assistant coach at Ole Miss from 1993-2007, when he led the Bulldogs to a national title.
He coached the Bulldogs from 2006-2008 before taking over for the resignation of Bill Snyder.
He led Ole Miss to three bowl games and four BCS titles, the last two coming under current coach Hugh Freeze.
The university has apologized for the Sanderson allegations and agreed to a $2 million payout to settle a lawsuit filed by former players who said they were abused.
The school also agreed to an independent investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct by the former assistant.