Missouri concludes internal softball probe, retains coach

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) The University of Missouri says it has wrapped up an internal investigation of its softball program and Ehren Earleywine will remain its coach.

The school announced the development in a statement Friday without disclosing the reasons for the inquiry by the athletics department and its Office of Title IX and Civil Rights. Missouri called it a personnel matter it can't discuss publicly.

Earleywine says in a statement that while he's relieved the investigation is over, he regrets the attention it drew to the program and school. He added without elaborating that he recognizes his ''need to improve in certain areas'' and is committed to doing so.

Earleywine has coached at Missouri for 10 years and has two seasons left on his contract. He makes $155,000 a year.

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