4411880Southern University athletic director Greg LaFleur was supposed to be in Houston during the Final Four this past weekend scouting potential coaches to fill the men's basketball coaching vacancy left by Rob Spivery, who was fired on April 1.
Instead, LaFleur was scouting a different type of talent.
LaFleur was arrested at 8:30 Sunday evening after soliciting a prostitute for $50. The prostitute happened to be an undercover female police officer part of a sting that constituted 65 prostitution arrests last weekend.
LaFleur, who was arrested and released on a $500 bond, was fired Thursday morning after Southern University went back and forth about what to do regarding the situation.
Chancellor Kofi Lomotey said during a press conference Thursday that women's basketball coach Sandy Pugh would take over as the interim athletic director.
"Given the circumstances, I think it would be difficult for the university to move forward with Mr. LaFleur as the head of the athletic program," Lomotey said. "Bringing Sandy Pugh into the job provides us with someone who has done a great job of recruiting student athletes, who is a rising star in her profession and who commands respect immediately."
LaFleur began his tenure as athletic director in 2005. Pugh will be in charge of hiring a new men's basketball coach. The Jaguars went 4-26 last season and have not posted a double-digit win season since 2007-08.