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Mike Babcock resigns as Columbus Blue Jackets coach amid investigation

The Blue Jackets’ Mike Babcock era lasted barely three months and was over before the controversial coach could lead the bench in a single game.

Babcock resigned Sunday, four days after allegations surfaced on a popular hockey podcast that he violated players’ privacy during offseason meetings and 78 days after the Blue Jackets announced him as their new head coach.

The team also announced that associate coach Pascal Vincent has been named head coach and agreed to a two-year contract.

It’s a stunning development as the team prepares to open training camp on Wednesday.

Reviews were conducted by the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association after former NHL player and TNT studio host Paul Bissonnette made allegations Tuesday on the “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast that Babcock, 60, demanded access to players’ phones so he could scroll through their personal information. Pictures.

The Blue Jackets’ initial response to the podcast’s allegations was to push back against them and attempt to explain what happened by adding context from Babcock and captain Boone Jenner, whose meeting with Babcock was referenced by Bissonnette on the podcast.

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