Hall of Famer Sylvia Hatchell resigned as head coach of North Carolina's women's basketball program when a school investigation for alleged racist comments took place.
The Tar Heels announced on Thursday evening the resignation of Hatchell.
"A review of our women's basketball program that identified issues that suggested that the program had to go in a new direction," athletics director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. "It is in the best interests of our students and athletes that we do so, Coach Hatchell agrees and she has resigned today, I have accepted it."
"We appreciate her 33 years of service to Carolina and the community , and we wish her all the best. Our focus is now on finding a new head coach that builds on our great Carolina traditions and promotes a culture of excellence.
Hatchell also issued a statement in which he said, "The basketball game has given me so much, but now it's time for me to go away. I will love the University of North Carolina forever. I'm Sylvia Hatchell and I'm a tar heel. North Carolina had put Hatchell and her three assistants on paid administrative leave earlier this month, saying the review was "due to student problems" ̵
According to a Washington Post report, in quoted in the interview with seven people who were aware of the investigation, Hatchell was investigated for suspected racial attacks. Hanged from trees with slings "if they did not recover – and tried to force players through serious injuries to the competition.
Watch Smith, Hatchell's lawyer, told the Post that the racist attacks attributed by Hatchell to their parents were wrong and misinterpreted
"She said," They'll take a rope, hang us up and hang it up to dry, "Smith told the Post.
"There is no racist bone in her body … A very high percentage of the people who have played for her and love her are African American women, she is a great trainer and a truly world-class person."  Hatchell, a 2013 Hall of Fame lawyer, is the most successful basketball coach for women in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference. She has a career record of 1,023-405
North Carolina was in the starting lineup from 18 to 15 last season, with the top-10 teams NC State and Notre Dame disturbed and the Tar Heels in the first game against Cal lost round of the NCAA tournament, their first trip there since 2015.