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Austin Peay Baseball Coach Arrested In Prostitution Sting

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Posted at 2:24 PM, Aug 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:55:52-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The long-time head baseball coach at Austin Peay State University has been arrested in a prostitution sting.

Police said Gary McClure responded to an online ad and made contact with an undercover Clarksville Police officer. The Leaf-Chronicle reported McClure was arrested Friday after arriving at a location given by the officer.

He was booked into Montgomery County Jail on one charge of patronizing prostitution and released on a $250 bond.

The university said in a statement that McClure has been placed on administrative leave pending investigation.

APSU President Alisa White released the following statement:

“This is a sad situation for all involved. It conflicts with the core values of our university and does not represent the values of our outstanding faculty and staff; therefore, we have accepted Mr. McClure’s resignation. We are moving forward with Derrick Dunbar as interim head coach. Mr. Dunbar is well respected among the Austin Peay community and is known for his outstanding leadership, discipline and drive that will help him lead the program with excellence during this transition.”

According to the arrest warrant, McClure responded to an ad on Backpage.com.

McClure was promoted to head coach of the baseball team in 1988, and has led the Governors to six NCAA regional appearances. 

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