Virginia Tech Coach Justin Fuente discussed the situation with Galen Scott, and the two agreed Scott should resign. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times/Associated Press)

Virginia Tech co-defensive coordinator Galen Scott, considered a rising star in the coaching industry, resigned Friday after admitting to using recruiting trips to pursue an extramarital affair.

“I made a mistake, and I have to take responsibility for that,” Scott, who is married with two children, told the Roanoke Times. “I did some things that I want to apologize to my wife for and my family for, and I need to make sure I make that right by just being around for them and being the best father and person I can be.”

The Richmond Times Dispatch last week obtained an email sent to administrators at the school revealing that Scott used out-of-state recruiting trips to sustain a romantic relationship.

A copy of that email was posted to Twitter by the account @diggy1973 but later deleted. The user of that account has also tweeted allegations at Virginia Tech officials that the woman involved in the affair was his wife.

Scott said he spoke to Hokies Coach Justin Fuente about the affair and the two agreed Scott should resign. The pair have been friends for years, dating back to when they both served as assistants at Illinois State and shared an apartment.

Scott was Fuente’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Memphis.

“We talked about it. We’re close,” Scott, who was set to make $338,000 this season, told the Times Dispatch. “I’m more disappointed in myself because I let him down. And Whit [Babcock], our AD. I let those guys down.”

Fuente promoted player development director Justin Hamilton as an interim assistant coach.

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