Army fires hoops coach Crews after 7 years

BY foxsports • September 24, 2009

Two days after reaching out to candidates, Army finally made it official on Thursday morning with an announcement that the contract of men's basketball coach Jim Crews has been terminated.

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"There was a series of events that led me down the path to determine that I needed to make a change in leadership of the men's basketball program and terminate coach Crews' contract," Army athletics director Kevin Anderson said in a statement. "I am very disappointed with some things that have come to my attention in recent days and I have decided that it is in the best interests of the basketball program and the institution to terminate our relationship."

Crews was 60-139 in seven seasons at Army. The Cadets were 11-19 last season, but are expected to have a team that can finish in the top half of the Patriot League this season.

According to sources, Anderson reached out to several candidates on Tuesday and Wednesday -- including Arizona State associate head coach Dedrique Taylor, St. John's assistant Fred Quartlebaum, Navy assistant Eugene Burroughs, Wake Forest director of basketball operations Walt Corbean and St. Mary's associate head coach Kyle Smith.

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