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Five college basketball coaches canned Monday

Mar 7, 2011, 8:33 PM EST

Monday was moving day in college hoops.

Five coaches got pink slips, the most notable being Texas Tech’s Pat Knight. He’s out after just three seasons in Lubbock, though it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Now the school might very well go after Billy Gillispie.

Also out:

Towson’s Pat Kennedy resigned (I’m sure a nudge or two was involved). In seven years, he never had a winning record and closed out this season 4-26 and 19 straight losses.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi axed Perry Clark, who wrapped up his fourth season with a 10-21 record. He was 54-71 overall and couldn’t match the success of previous coach Ronnie Arrow.

Kennesaw State cited “continuing academic deficiencies of the program” in the firing of coach Tony Ingle. I might believe that given Ingle’s team beat Georgia tech this season.

Kirk Earlywine led Eastern Washington to the Big Sky conference tournament for the first time in five years, but don’t let that fool you. The Eagles were 10-20 this year and 42-78 under Earlywine, whose contract won’t be renewed.

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  1. wailingminutiae - Mar 8, 2011 at 3:01 AM

    A son should never follow directly after his father at the same institution… as General, jr. did after the Big Gen. However, didn’t Wyoming hire B. Gillespie already? Maybe I’m thinking of someone else. At any rate, I’ve never even heard of those other 4 guys…

  2. florida727 - Mar 8, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    I agree with ‘walling’. Following a dad like Bob Knight is a no-win prospect. Win and you were ‘supposed to’. Lose and you’re a bum. As far as the other four mentioned, same here, never heard of any of them, and oh by the way, to the AD’s at those schools, it’s not like you’re the plum landing spot for a high profile coach. Academic issues should be the ONLY reason someone gets fired from your program. Seriously…

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