posted on Aug, 20 2004 @ 08:46 AM
Connecticut assistant coach Clyde Vaughan has been placed on immediate paid administrative leave, one day following his arrest in a prostitution
sting, the university announced Thursday.
Vaughan's leave will continue pending the outcome of his scheduled Tuesday court appearance.
"We take the allegations involving Clyde in an extremely serious manner, while recognizing that they are uncharacteristic of our experiences with him
as an employee at the University," UConn athletic director Jeffrey Hathaway said in a statement.
"This is the appropriate action at this point," UConn coach Jim Calhoun added. "Clyde is a valuable member of our coaching staff and we understand
that this is a very difficult time for him as he deals with these serious allegations."
Vaughan, 42, was charged Wednesday night with patronizing a prostitute after authorities said he tried to pay an undercover officer $10 for oral sex.
Police said Vaughan struggled with officers when he learned he was part of a sting, resulting in a charge of interfering with police. A Hartford
police officer told ESPN.com on Wednesday night that both charges are considered misdemeanors.
A source close to the situation told ESPN.com that Vaughan denies soliciting the undercover officer but the sting apparently was audiotaped, which
could contradict Vaughan's version of the events.
Vaughan, who will be entering his third year as an assistant for the defending national champions, was released Wednesday night on $2,500 bail.