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Maine coach says she was 'fired without cause'

Cindy Blodgett speaks at a news conference where she discussed her firing as head coach of the University of Maine women's basketball team, Thursday, March 31, 2011, in Bangor, Maine. Blodgett was let go Tuesday four years after being hired to rejuvenate the team that she led to national prominence as a star player in the 1990s. Cindy Blodgett speaks at a news conference where she discussed her firing as head coach of the University of Maine women's basketball team, Thursday, March 31, 2011, in Bangor, Maine. Blodgett was let go Tuesday four years after being hired to rejuvenate the team that she led to national prominence as a star player in the 1990s. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
By Clarke Canfield
Associated Press / March 31, 2011

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BANGOR, Maine—Former Maine women's basketball coach Cindy Blodgett says she was "fired without cause."

At a news conference two days after her dismissal, Blodgett said Thursday she was first told there was a divide in the locker room when she was asked to resign. She said after players rallied behind her, athletic director Steve Abbott announced she was fired because of the team's performance.

Her teams had a record of 24-94 in her four years -- including 4-25 this season.

The university renewed her contract for two years last September. Under terms of the agreement, she would be paid one year's salary of $109,772 to terminate the contract.

Blodgett led Maine to the NCAA tournament four times from 1994 to 1998 and was the nation's scoring leader two straight years.