Maine coach says she was ‘fired without cause’

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BANGOR, MAINE (AP) - Former Maine women’s basketball coach Cindy Blodgett says she was “fired without cause.”

At a news conference two days after her dismissal, Blodgett said Thursday she was first told there was a divide in the locker room when she was asked to resign. She said after players rallied behind her, athletic director Steve Abbott announced she was fired because of the team’s performance.

Her teams had a record of 24-94 in her four years _ including 4-25 this season.

The university renewed her contract for two years last September. Under terms of the agreement, she would be paid one year’s salary of $109,772 to terminate the contract.

Blodgett led Maine to the NCAA tournament four times from 1994 to 1998 and was the nation’s scoring leader two straight years.

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