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Inappropriate relationship revealed in UT coach investigation

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He would have been fired if he didn't resign.  That's the word from the University of Toledo after discovering an inappropriate relationship between women's track coach Kevin Hadsell and a student athlete. 

Details are starting to emerge as to why the successful coach suddenly resigned 3 weeks ago.  

The 13abc I-Team requested Hadsell's personnel file several days ago to try to get to the bottom of this, but the file didn't contain anything relevant.  Text messages have now surfaced have revealed an inappropriate relationship with a student athlete.  13abc is told by UT officials that they were not included in the personnel file because human resources was still conducting its investigation. 

"At the time human resources was doing the investigation, it was clear that he was no longer going to have his position and so he resigned before we could terminate, said UT athletic director Mike O'Brien.  When asked if it was his intention to terminate Hadsell, O'Brien said "Absolutely."

O'Brien says in the fall an anonymous caller alleged an inappropriate relationship between Hadsell and a student athlete several years ago.  With no one to corroborate the story nothing came from it.  Another student athlete then came forward with more allegations in December.  Before Hadsell could be fired he resigned.

The 13abc I-team asked if any student athletes were in danger with him.  "I certainly hope not.  But there are obviously some allegations that they may have been the case.  The key of this is that Kevin is no longer an employee of the University of Toledo," said O'Brien. 

The website Deadspin has now published an article with far more allegations, things the athletic department says it was not aware of. 

"Allegations are allegations.  Who knows the accuracy of everything in that article?  I can't speak to it," said O'Brien. 

So with this incident, a men's basketball coach suddenly resigning in 2010 and a point shaving scandal, 13abc asked O'Brien what responsibility he takes.

"I'm the athletic director, I take responsibility for the good and the bad," said O'Brien. 

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