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Penn State fires women's gymnastics coach

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 24, 2017 3:25 AM
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FILE PHOTo: Penn State's Sharaya Musser competes on the balance beam during the NCAA college women's individual gymnastics championships in 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(State College) -- Penn State women's gymnastics coach has been fired.

Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour says Jeff Thompson was fired on Thursday.

Two assistants will take over interim head coaching duties while the university searches for a new coach.

A Penn State news release doesn't give a reason for the firing, calling it a personnel matter.

The Daily Collegian student-run newspaper and  PennLive previously reported on accusations Thompson and his wife bullied athletes.

Rachelle Thompson resigned from the program last year. The Thompsons haven't commented on the accusations.

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