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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ Oregon women's basketball coach Jody Runge has resigned amid complaints from eight players and an investigation by a law firm hired by the school.

Runge said she quit Monday in the ``best interests of the program.'' Athletic director Bill Moos said he did not ask for her resignation.

``It's been a long, tedious time for all of us,'' he said.

The coach's intense style and criticism of her players _ in private and in public _ led to conflicts.

Eight players met with Moos on March 4, although it was unclear if the meeting was requested by players or athletic department officials, who also have feuded with Runge.

``Even though I was aware to some degree of some of the concerns they had, it was eye-opening to me to hear of some of these things,'' Moos said.

After Oregon was ousted from the NCAA tournament by Iowa, Moos hired a Kansas City law firm to review the situation. The firm submitted its report last week to Moos, Runge and her lawyer, John Roberts. The university said the report would not be made public.

Runge had two years left on the contract that paid her about $140,000 in base salary per year. She agreed to a buyout in exchange for not filing suit against the university. Runge has tried to sue the school at least twice over pay and other issues.

Runge led the Ducks to a 160-73 record in eight seasons, including eight straight NCAA tournament appearances. This season, Oregon finished 17-12, Runge's worst record in Eugene.

Her winning percentage of .687 is the best of any basketball coach in school history, man or woman. The Ducks won the Pac-10 title outright in 1998-99, and shared it in 1999-00.