Nov 11, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Toreros head coach Lamont Smith reacts against the San Diego State Aztecs during the first half at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The University of San Diego released a statement on Wednesday night announcing the resignation of Lamont Smith as head coach of the school’s men’s basketball team.

The resignation comes after Smith was arrested in the Bay Area Feb. 25 on suspicion of domestic violence. On Tuesday, San Francisco police said that Smith would not be charged.

But the university then said that Smith would remain on administrative leave with acting coach Sam Scholl staying the team’s head coach for the remainder of the season.

On the night of Feb. 24, San Francisco police were dispatched to the Toreros’ team hotel due to reports of a domestic violence disturbance, after the team played a game at the University of San Francisco. 10-News San Diego reported that the female victim was “intimately involved” with Smith, and she was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Smith reportedly faced charges of domestic violence, assault with force likely to commit great bodily injury, and false imprisonment.

Smith was in his third season as the San Diego head coach after playing basketball there from 1995-1999. He’s also been an assistant coach at Saint Louis, Saint Mary’s, Santa Clara, Arizona State, Washington, and New Mexico.

San Diego went 18-13 this season and lost 85-79 to BYU in the WCC quarterfinals.

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