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Penn State Coach Quits

Women's basketball head coach Rene Portland resigned amid allegations of discrimation
By Patrick Hopkins,  Newser User
Posted Mar 22, 2007 4:39 PM CDT

(Newser) – Penn State women's basketball coach Rene Portland, who resigned last night,  ends her 27-year college career with 606 wins, amid allegations that she discriminated against lesbian players.  Under Portland, Penn State played in 21 NCAA tournaments, including the 2000 Final Four, but the team’s performance slipped the last two seasons.

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Portland and Penn State settled a lawsuit in February by former player Jennifer Harris, who claimed Portland had a "no-lesbian" policy. The coach was also reprimanded last April, fined $10,000 and required to take diversity traini. Her resignation appears unrelated to legal battles and related allegations. (Read more Rene Portland stories.)

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