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March 10, 2001
USF’s Griffin forced to quit

[Times photo (2000): Frasier Hale]
The action follows months of allegations about racial bias in women's basketball and new claims of a coverup.

Gary Shelton
Euphemize, but realize, Griffin is gone
He resigned, they said.

Diversity questions still linger
In October, black faculty and staff raised concerns about the status of minorities in many university departments.

Departure stuns some, satisfies none
TAMPA -- As word of athletic director Paul Griffin's forced resignation made its way across the USF community, some, such as former basketball coach Bobby Paschal and current baseball coach Eddie Cardieri, expressed disbelief and a deep sense of loss.

USF didn’t provide documents as requested last year
The forced resignation of University of South Florida athletic director Paul Griffin came just days after the St. Petersburg Times disclosed that several documents relating to charges of racial discrimination within the women's basketball program were not given to the newspaper when requested last August, possibly in violation of the state's public records law.

‘Technically, I am responsible’
Paul Griffin said Friday that he was asked to resign as athletic director in the midst of what has been a public relations nightmare for the University of South Florida. He talked with Times staff writer Roger Mills on Friday, 24 hours after submitting his letter of resignation.

Old friends paint glowing picture of Griffin
In particular, athletes that he has coached remember how much he cared about their well being.

USF chronology

Top stories
Weather dries out tolerance for burning
TAMPA -- Fire investigator Hector Noyas spotted the column of smoke as he filled his city car with gas at Fire Station I in downtown Tampa.

19-year-old convicted of store robbery, slaying
He faces a life sentence for the shooting death of the owner of an Ybor City convenience store.

Boy moves down road to recovery
Calls pour into the hospital to help the family of a Colombian boy whose face was rebuilt.

Swiftmud drafts water ultimatum
The emergency order would save Tampa Bay Water from severe fines for exceeding pumping limits.

Dublin bound
A local band found a way to march on after the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade was canceled.

Three get long sentences for roles in drug ring
TAMPA -- Wearing ankle shackles and orange jail scrubs, Rashie Witcher stood before the federal judge who would decide his fate for dealing crack cocaine.

Deadlocked juries produce mistrials in 2 murder cases
LARGO -- A Pinellas-Pasco circuit judge declared a mistrial in the first-degree murder trial of Marquise Jenkins early Friday morning.

Tampa Bay briefs
Three men rob supermarket

South Pinellas headlines
  • One last bargain, then goodbye
  • City Council candidates' funds vary
  • Three men wanted in robbery of Winn-Dixie
  • Religion briefly

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Clearwater YMCA plans $5.5-million upgrade
  • Campaign fliers start unfriendly exchange
  • Plea is a key to building fraud case
  • City manager's job could be at stake
  • Mourning to attend a family wedding
  • Shoplifting mother given house arrest
  • 'Zero tolerance' leaving zero options
  • Firefighters, police throw their support to DiDonato
  • Faces in the crowd run for council
  • Swimmers have eye on Junior Olympic success
  • Racing tonight at Sunshine Speedway
  • Dunedin bank robbed; 'Crowbar Robber' sought
  • Miss Largo, Pinellas titles will be decided today
  • Suspect arrested in string of robberies
  • Teacher broadens world of high school students

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Shots fired in Tampa restaurant
  • Decision due on New Tampa development
  • Manager snags better deal on county maps
  • A closer look: One Hillsborough church

  • News of Florida
  • Panel sees little progress on voting
  • Bush wants to fund chastity education
  • Boy gets life for 'wrestle' killing
  • Crowded schools? Say no to growth, Bush says
  • Butterworth joins autopsy photo fight
  • INS drops deportation effort, doesn't tell woman
  • Reluctance turns to motivation
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