Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jim Crews Out at Army (Reportedly)

From the Times Herald-Record:

Jim Crews has been fired as Army men's basketball coach after seven losing seasons, several sources have confirmed to the Times Herald-Record.

Crews, who did not return calls to his home on Tuesday, leaves Army with a record of 60-139 (.302). His best season came two years ago, when the Black Knights finished 15-16 and reached the semifinals of the Patriot League.

ESPN isn't ready to confirm the report:

Army officials refused to acknowledge a report Wednesday in the Times-Herald Record that said Army coach Jim Crews had been fired.

I'll assume that Crews has been let go.

I'm not sure why Jim Crews ever left my alma mater, the University of Evansville, to go to West Point. Between 1986 and 2000 his Evansville teams only had one losing season. And a decent season in the Missouri Valley Conference can earn a team an at-large NCAA tourney bid. (During my senior season, Evansville was 23-10 and earned an at-large bid to the Big Dance. The Aces, an 11 seed, lost to Kansas in the first round.) That doesn't happen in the Patriot League. Maybe Crews was feeling the heat from Aces Nation after losing seasons in 2000-01 and 2001-02. Maybe he wanted to mimic his mentor.

Back in the late 1980s and 1990s, Crews was rumored as a candidate for just about every big-time college basketball job that came available. He was never offered any of these jobs, but his name was always in the mix. After all, this is a guy who coached my Purple Aces to four NCAA Tournament appearances and six 20-win seasons. So it's sad to see Crews unceremoniously dismissed from a job in the Patriot League after coaching 24 seasons in Division I.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi is out because army has a zero and i mean zero tolerance policy about abusing or touching players in anger. it is the rule in the cadet corps and is the policy for all coaches. you will find out that this is the reason. class of 1970 long gery line

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