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Amaker says he has been fired by Michigan

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by John, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. John

    John Well-Known Member

    By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said Saturday he has been fired.

    Amaker's sixth season with the Wolverines ended Thursday night with an 87-66 loss at Florida State in the NIT, a disappointment for a team that expected to reach the NCAA tournament this season.

    Michigan went 22-13 this season. Amaker's record at Michigan was 109-83, with three 20-win seasons, but only 43-53 in the Big Ten.

    The former Duke star was under contract through the 2010-11 season. But, according to his contract, which was obtained last week by The Associated Press in a Freedom of Information Act request, the school could fire him without cause by giving him $900,000.

    Amaker was hired in March 2001 to replace the fired Brian Ellerbe. He inherited a mess, stemming in part from the school's lackluster facilities and the Ed Martin scandal. Martin, a former booster, told the federal government he lent $616,000 to Wolverines Chris Webber, Maurice Taylor, Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock in what the NCAA said was the largest financial scandal in its history.

    In four seasons at Seton Hall, Amaker led the Pirates to a 68-55 record, a trip to the round of 16 in the 2000 NCAA tournament and three NIT bids. Before that, he spent nine years on Mike Krzyzewski's staff at Duke, where he was a four-year starter in the mid-1980s.

    Amaker's wife, Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, is the University of Michigan's associate dean of students.
  2. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

  3. Chuck~Taylor

    Chuck~Taylor Active Member


  4. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    So, any early guesses on candidates?
  5. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Check the "Coaching changes" thread. The Michigan basketball coaching job isn't important enough to devote a thread of its own.
  6. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Yeah, it's not like it's something to get our SEC fanboys all revved up. ::)
  7. Chuck~Taylor

    Chuck~Taylor Active Member

  8. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    If Royce Waltman at Indiana State gets a three-page thread over his firing, I don't see why Amaker can't have his own.
  9. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Thank you, Buckw
  10. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Whoever gets it will inherit a pretty good recruiting class with Alex Legion and Corperryale Harris (yes, that is his name).
  11. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    I and some buddies were talking about the recruiting class during the game. You're right, it's good.

    As for the firing, Michigan should never have hired a Duke alum in the first place!
  12. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Couldnt be any worse than the fraud they just let go
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