"The allegations of his conduct were serious, it was persistent and totally unacceptable and that's the reason I separated him from the university community," Mearns said.
In the letter Mearns said an investigation into his decision began Friday, March 8 when he became aware of a pattern of possible misconduct. On Monday, March 11 additional information was received and outside counsel was hired the following day to conduct an independent and thorough investigation.
Officials from the university have not commented on whether or not the two situations are related.
Specifics regarding the reason behind the dismissal have not been released by Mearns emphasized any alleged actions by Eaton would not affect the school's Division I standing in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
"We have no reason to believe, absolutely no reason to believe, his behavior affected our NCAA compliance," Mearns said