ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- University of Maine officials announced Tuesday that women's basketball coach Cindy Blodgett has been relieved of her duties, effective immediately.
Blodgett is an iconic UMaine student-athlete who graduated in 1998 and played professionally for four years before becoming a coach. She has been the black bear coach for the past four seasons.
UMaine athletic director Steve Abbott says "All of us who care about UMaine and black bear sports owe Cindy Blodgett a debt of gratitude for her her contributions as both a player and a coach."
According to Abbott, Blodgett will receive one year's salary $109,772 to terminate that agreement. He says money to fund that buyout will come from private sources, with no tuition or taxpayer funds to be used.
Abbott says he plans to launch a national search for a new coach right away.