University of North Carolina associate head coach John Blake resigned Sunday amid the controversy that kept 13 defensive players out of the team's 30-24 loss to LSU on Saturday.
Here is the official statement Blake gave regarding his resignation:
"While I have enjoyed my tenure at the University of North Carolina, it has become apparent to me over the course of the past few weeks that my presence has become a distraction to my family and to this great University, too. Consequently, I have determined that it is in the best interests of my family, the University community at large, and the Football Program for me to step down from my position as associate head football coach effective today, September 5, 2010.
"I thank the Lord for the opportunity I have had to work with Butch Davis while at the University of North Carolina. I have grown to love and respect the school, my fellow coaches, and the young men who have worked so diligently to improve both as students and as football players. That love and respect has led me to the conclusion that the best decision for all involved is for me to step aside at this time. I wish the players, the coaches, and the University all the best.
"I thank the Tar Heel Nation for the overwhelming support I have received. The memories I have made here will last a lifetime. May God bless you all."
Blake was in his fourth year with the team. His employment agreement with UNC, which would have expired June 30, 2011, carried a salary of $240,000. Instead, he will receive $74,500, which is roughly the amount he would have received had he stayed through the end of the football season. This money will be paid from the school through football revenues.