UT-Martin fires head coach Jason James after five seasons

Jason James went 37-117 in five years as UT-Martin's head coach.

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MARTIN, Tenn. — UT-Martin has fired coach Jason James after a fifth consecutive losing season.

James went 37-117 in five years as UT-Martin’s head coach after spending seven seasons as an assistant.

UT-Martin athletic director Julio Freire says Monday that ”this was a tough decision to make” in a university release announcing the decision. Freire says James ”conducted the program with the highest degree of integrity” but that he felt it was time to move in a new direction after taking a ”hard look” at how the team had developed over the last five years.

UT-Martin closed an 8-23 season Saturday with an 88-85 loss to Austin Peay. UT-Martin failed to qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament that begins Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.