In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Chatman said: "My resignation yesterday has prompted speculation and rumors that far exceeded my expectations and it is clear that my presence would be a great distraction during the NCAA Tournament."According to reports, Chatman was not forced out "because it did not come to that," an LSU official, quoted in The New York Times on Friday, said.Chatman "became aware that this was being talked about by the university and that if she didn't do something, she wouldn't have a choice," the official added, according to The Times.
"She has her reasons, and hopefully, soon she'll address that herself."LSU athletic director Skip Bertman told the Times-Picayune of New Orleans, which first reported Chatman's alleged misconduct with one or more players Thursday on its Web site, that no formal inquiry into Chatman's conduct had been opened by the university.
Both coaches resigned in the wake of allegations of sexual relationships with team members.
In Chatman’s case, the allegations are that she was involved with a player who is no longer on the team, but the relationship began when Chatman was an assistant coach and the player was still on the team.
After succeeding longtime coach Sue Gunter in 2004, Chatman led the Lady Tigers to three consecutive NCAA Final Fours in 2004 (as acting head coach for the ailing Gunter), 2005, and 2006.
Notably, Chatman resigned from her post at LSU on March 7, 2007 amid allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a former player that were alleged to have begun when Chatman was coaching the player.