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Report: UF women spoke of boycott before coach quit

A threatened revolt by players led to the resignation of University ofFlorida women's basketball coach Carol Whitmire, the Gainesville Sun reported Wednesday.

Players met with athletic director Bill Arnsparger and threatened to boycott practices and games if a coaching change was not made, the Sun reported, quoting unnamed sources.

Whitmire's stringent practices were reportedly among the issues the players complained about.

"I can't make any comment on that story," said Ann Marie Lawler,

Florida's associate athletic director in charge of women's sports.

In a statement issued by the Florida sports information department Tuesday, Whitmire said she had made her decision "based on what is best for the team and what is best for me."

Arnsparger refused to either confirm or deny the player revolt, saying, "I respect Carol's statement. I'm not going to involve myself in that conversation."

Assistant coach Lea Henry was named to replace Whitmire on an interim basis. Henry, a former University of Tennessee standout, was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning team.

Florida is 12-10 this year, with a 1-6 record in the highly-regarded Southeastern Conference.