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Arizona fires men’s basketball coach Sean Miller

Arizona fires men’s basketball coach Sean Miller

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April 7 (UPI) -- The University of Arizona has fired men's basketball coach Sean Miller, the school announced Wednesday. Miller posted a 302-109 record during his 12 seasons with the Wildcats, but also coached the team amid an NCAA investigation and FBI probe into corruption in recruiting at Arizona and other college basketball programs. Advertisement "After conferring with [Arizona athletic director] Dave Heeke since the season's end, it has become clear that our men's basketball program -- and our university -- needs to write a new chapter in our history, and that begins with a change of leadership," Arizona president Robert C. Robbins said in a news release. "Arizona basketball means so much to so many and, as stewards of the program, we must always act in the best interests of the uni...
Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart leaves for Marquette job

Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart leaves for Marquette job

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March 26 (UPI) -- Texas Longhorns men's basketball coach Shaka Smart has been hired as Marquette's next head coach, the school announced Friday. Smart replaces former Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski, who was fired last week after seven seasons leading the Golden Eagles. Advertisement "We undertook an exhaustive national search, during which we discussed our opening with a significant number of highly qualified coaches," Marquette athletic director Bill Scholl said in a statement. "Throughout the search, one individual continued to rise to the top and that was Shaka. "I am beyond excited for our current and future student-athletes who will have the great fortune of being mentored by Shaka. He is a great teacher of the game, while also being a great molder of young men." The 43-year-ol...
University of Kansas puts football coach Les Miles on leave

University of Kansas puts football coach Les Miles on leave

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March 5 (UPI) -- The University of Kansas placed head coach Les Miles on administrative leave and will conduct a full review to determine his future with the football program, the school announced Friday. The university's decision came after reports into Miles' conduct while coaching at LSU in 2013 were made public this week. Advertisement "Even though the allegations against him occurred at LSU, we take these matters very seriously at KU," Kansas athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement Friday. "Now that we have access to this information, we will take the coming days to fully review the material and to see if any additional information is available. "I do not want to speculate on a timeline for our review because it is imperative we do our due diligence." On Thursday, an investi...
Eagles fire Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson

Eagles fire Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson

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Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia Eagles on Monday fired Doug Pederson, just three seasons after he coached the team to a Super Bowl title. "Coach Pederson and I had the opportunity to sit down and discuss what that collective vision would look like moving forward," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement released by the team. Advertisement "After taking some time to reflect on these conversations, I believe it is in both of our best interests to part ways." The Eagles posted a 4-11-1 record under Pederson in 2020 after they had a winning record and made the playoffs in each of their previous three seasons. Philadelphia lost seven of its final eight games this season to finish in last place in the NFC East. "It has been an absolute honor serving as head coach of the Philadelphia E...
Cowboys to keep coach Mike McCarthy in 2021

Cowboys to keep coach Mike McCarthy in 2021

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Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Coach Mike McCarthy will return in 2021, Dallas Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones told a Dallas radio show Monday. "There will be absolutely no change with coach McCarthy," Jones told 105.3 The Fan. "I am surprised someone would question these unprecedented situations that everybody's been in. Advertisement "On top of that, no one's making excuses, but we've had some challenges in the injury category. If you look at his track record, and his pedigree, he's consistently won year in and year out. We have the utmost confidence this ship is going to be righted quickly." The Cowboys (4-9) sit in last place in the NFC East. They hired McCarthy in January after firing coach Jason Garrett. McCarthy, 57, had a 125-77-2 record in 13 seasons as Green Bay Packers coach f...