According to a piece by Laurel J. Sweet of the Boston Herald, Mutch's resignation came hours after the paper began asking school officials about the relationship between the coach and BC freshman forward Kelli Stack, who was Hockey East's Player of the Year and led the team in points (and, perhaps, scoring). The paper reported that a teammate borrowing Stack's cell phone discovered "filthy" undeleted messages Stack allegedly wrote to Mutch, adding that:
Sources stressed that BC's probe had yet to find an actual sexual relationship between Mutch and Stack. But in a statement released to the Herald last night, Gene DeFilippo, director of athletics, said, "We take this matter very seriously.Funny, DeFilippo failed to mention that in bidding his coach a fond farewell on Tuesday, claiming that the 39-year-old Mutch "brought our women's ice hockey program to a new level." (Boy, did he.) Then again, how would BC officials have known of this allegedly inappropriate relationship...unless, perhaps, they read way too much into this Boston Globe article from March about the Eagles reaching the Frozen Four, like I did:
"Boston College Athletics began an investigation of the alleged incident as soon as it was brought to light. Coach Mutch subsequently submitted his resignation and his resignation was accepted."
"More and more as I got to know Kelli, I knew she was going to be an unbelievable fit for BC," said Mutch. "She's an unbelievable sports person, she enjoys basketball and football."Unbelievable fit...stickhandling skills...strong lower half...great hands..."if two girls are on me."
Stack, who leads BC with 37 assists (54 points), is a slight 5 feet 5 inches, with wispy blond hair that begins to give out past her shoulders. She doesn't seem powerful enough to knock her way past the defenses who are now alert to her stickhandling skills.
"I try to just anticipate what the other team is going to do," said Stack. "If two girls are on me, someone else is going to be wide open. I try to get the puck to people in good position."
"Her lower half is really strong," said Mutch. "She's so hockey intelligent. She reads plays well, she sees the ice well, she has great hands. She's one of the best passers I've ever been around in women's hockey."
"Dear Penthouse: I was coaching a college women's hockey team, when all of a sudden..."
Tip of the cap to SportsbyBrooks for the pointer.