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MSU-Northern football coach resigns

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 14, 2014 at 10:53 am •  Published: August 14, 2014

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — Mark Samson has resigned as the Montana State University-Northern head football coach after being placed on administrative leave for an undisclosed personnel issue, university officials said.

The statement Wednesday night from the Havre university did not give a reason for Samson's resignation, but the coach later said he made a mistake by depositing money meant for football camp operations into a personal bank account instead of a university account.

Samson told The Great Falls Tribune ( that he did not steal and all the money was accounted for.

"It was just a bad decision on my part. Honestly, I am not fighting the punishment. The amount of money we're talking about is not very much at all. But people have decided I need to go, and I've accepted that on the advice of my lawyers," he said.

University spokesman Jim Potter would not detail the circumstances surrounding Samson's resignation.

"It was a violation of university policies related to the operation of a football camp," Potter said. "The investigation was handled by the university's internal auditor."

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