Chatman, 37, an Ama native and graduate of Hahnville High School, will continue to draw a check on her $400,000 annual salary until April 30, LSU officials confirmed.
“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,” the athletic department’s Web site quoted Chatman as saying. “I believe it is in the best interests of the team that I step away from my coaching duties immediately. I want the players and staff to have the best chance to maximize the opportunities we’ve earned. I have every confidence in the young ladies and the remaining coaches that they will have success in the NCAA Tournament.”And this...
Chatman earned a reputation as a charismatic and blunt-spoken coach who never shied from a question and handled the outside pressures of the high-profile job with aplomb. Those qualities also helped make her one of the more respected recruiters in the land, and it was her skills that were widely credited with bringing Seimone Augustus, the consensus player of the year in 2005 and 2006, and current junior and unanimous All-SEC center Sylvia Fowles to LSU’s campus.I am also a graduate of Hahnville High School, albeit some years before Pokey. She wasn't even born when I graduated.
I'm sorry I haven't met her yet. I always admired her articulate, charismatic personality.
Somehow I think she'll land somewhere better.