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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The embattled basketball coach at Holy Family University, who came under fire after a videotaped incident at practice, has resigned.

John O’Connor met with his players Thursday night and told them he was stepping down.

This action followed a whirlwind day Thursday in which the coach and sophomore Matt Kravchuk appeared on Good Morning America (see related story).

The coach apologized for knocking Kravchuk to the floor during a January 25th practice, bloodying his nose. Kravchuk refused to accept the apology.

Also Thursday, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office announced there would be no criminal charges in the case. Jack S. Cohen, Kravchuk’s attorney, says O’Connor’s resignation is unfortunate for everyone.

“It’s a sad situation for my client who didn’t want to be in this situation,” he said. “It’s a sad situation for the coach. And I had wished that the university would have dealt with this in the appropriate measures early on.”

Cohen says if the university had acted sooner, the incident would not have become the media frenzy that it did.  The university had no comment.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio

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