Connecticut assistant coach Clyde Vaughan resigned Wednesday, a week after his arrest in a Hartford-area prostitution sting.
"I'm resigning immediately. This is the best thing for me, my family and the program at this point," Vaughan told ESPN.com. "There are two sides to every story and everyone has not been able to hear my side yet.
"I'd like to thank the fans of the state of Connecticut and especially [head] coach [Jim] Calhoun and the staff and athletic director Jeff Hathaway. I've always worked hard for the University of Connecticut. I think the right thing is for me to just move on. I would hope people would respect my family during this as we try to move on."
When asked what his next plans were, Vaughan replied, "I don't know. I don't know."
Vaughan's resignation was effective immediately, university
"This resignation has brought an appropriate and prompt
resolution to a serious matter," UConn athletic director Jeff
Hathaway told The Associated Press. "It also allows Clyde to focus
his energies on his personal and professional future."
Head coach Jim Calhoun said Vaughan was an important member of
the coaching staff during his two seasons at UConn.
"I hope Clyde is able to resolve this matter and will, at some
point in the future, continue to make valuable contributions to the
game of basketball," Calhoun said.
Vaughan, 42, had agreed to a plea bargain deal on Tuesday that would have required him to perform 10 days of community service and take a city health department class on hygiene for men charged with soliciting prostitutes. The Hartford Courant, however, reported on its Web site Wednesday evening that the deal was revoked by the judge in the case after the paper informed prosecutors that Vaughan had been arrested twice previously on solicitation charges.
Prosecutor Glenn Kaas told the Courant that once the additional criminal charges surfaced, the judge "pulled the plug [on the plea deal] and put Vaughan back on the regular docket. The judge wants to see him on Monday."
According to the report, Vaughan was arrested and charged in July 1992 in Long Beach, Calif., just prior to joining the staff at Cal State Long Beach. He also was arrested, charged and convicted in Tampa of approaching an undercover police officer and offering her $20 for sex while he was an assistant at the University of South Florida in 1999. The Long Beach charges, details of which were not available, eventually were dismissed, according to the paper.
The Courant reports that court officials did not originally find the prior arrests because they searched for "Clive Vaughn," the name Vaughan apparently gave the police when he was arrested. Vaughan's given name is Clive Holland Vaughan, according to the report.
Vaughan was among more than a dozen people arrested Aug. 18 in a Hartford police sting. Police said he tried to pay an undercover officer posing as a prostitute $10 for oral sex, then struggled with officers when he learned he was part of the sting.
Police charged him with patronizing a prostitute and interfering with officers. He was later released on bond.
Vaughan's lawyer, Rob Britt, had appeared on Vaughan's behalf in Hartford Community Court on Tuesday to agree to a prearranged deal that requires him to perform 10 days of community service and take a city health department class on hygiene for men charged with
soliciting prostitutes. Vaughan was not at that hearing.
"Now that the court matter has been resolved, I feel a personal obligation to apologize to all of those who have been affected by this incident," Vaughan said in a statement Tuesday night. "First, I apologize to my wife and son. Second, I apologize to the University of Connecticut community, the players, fellow coaches and especially [Calhoun] who hired me in the first place.
"I also feel that I owe an apology to the citizens of the state of Connecticut and the people of Hartford," Vaughan said in the statement. "I can only hope and pray that I will be given the opportunity to reestablish the trust and faith that everyone had in me through my future conduct, hard work and dedication."
A graduate and former player at the University of Pittsburgh,
Vaughan was an assistant coach at the University of South Florida
for three years and at Long Beach State for seven years
before coming to Connecticut. He played professionally in England
after graduating from Pitt.
Information from ESPN.com's Andy Katz and The Associated Press was used in this report.