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IUPUI fires men's basketball coach Howard

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork) - IUPUI has fired men's head basketball coach Todd Howard after three seasons.

Howard was promoted to the head coaching position in April 2011 after spending 16 seasons as an assistant under Ron Hunter. He posted a record of 26-70 during his three-year tenure.

"I would like to thank Todd for his dedicated service to the IUPUI athletics department and to our basketball program," said athletic director Michael Moore in a statement. "He guided the program with great pride, effort and integrity. I certainly wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors."

Howard led the Jaguars to a record of 14-18 in his first season, but the team managed just six wins each of the last two years.

"I'm so thankful and grateful to everyone at IUPUI," said Howard on Sunday. "It's my favorite place in the world and I truly appreciate the support I've received. While I'm certainly disappointed and wish I was able to get more time, I'm extremely confident in knowing me and my staff gave our all.

"IUPUI is all I've known for 19-plus years and I know the hard work that has gone into building a league champion, an NCAA Tournament team, an NBA draft pick and much more. In this era, we were just too young and too injured and that's hard to overcome."

IUPUI was without top scorer Ian Chiles for seven games at the start of Summit League play this season and finished 6-26. The campaign ended Saturday with an 85-47 loss to Fort Wayne in the quarterfinals of the Summit Tournament.

03/09 11:19:39 ET


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