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James Madison baseball coach resigns under investigation

September 17, 1997

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) _ James Madison baseball coach Kevin Anderson resigned Tuesday amid a school investigation into team meal money expenses.

Athletic director Don Lemish confirmed Anderson was being investigated by the school but would not elaborate. Lemish said ``appropriate state authorities″ were notified.

Unidentified sources close to the baseball program told the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record that Anderson allegedly overstated team meal money expenses in reimbursement requests.

Anderson, 36, has coached the Dukes for four seasons. He said in a statement Tuesday night that he resigned effective immediately. He refused to answer questions.

James Madison has been interviewing former players on the meal expenses issue. One former player told the newspaper that school officials learned of the problem while looking into why an unusually high number of players were quitting the baseball team.

Since the 1997 season ended, four players have transferred and three others have quit the team but remained at James Madison as students.

The amount of money involved wasn’t known, but it was not believed to be much.

Anderson, whose annual salary was $38,152, was an assistant under Ray Heatwole in 1992 and 1993 before being promoted to the head job. Since then, his teams posted a 147-87-1 record, and he led the Dukes to the Colonial Athletic Association tournament title and a berth in the NCAA tournament in 1995.

Lemish has not named a replacement.

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