ODU fires men’s basketball coach Blaine Taylor

Old Dominion University fired men’s basketball coach Blaine Taylor today. Assistant head coach Jim Corrigan will take over.

The dismissal was announced at a 3pm news conference and comes after 12 seasons and a school-record 239 wins.

ODU athletic director Dr. Wood Selig said in a statement, “This decision is not based solely on wins and losses, but on a number of factors by which a head coach is evaluated. At this point, in regard to our head men’s basketball coach, our student athletes need mentorship, leadership and guidance. Our fans and alumni need encouragement. Our administration needs confidence in our leadership.”

Deadspin speculates that the firing may have something to do with this radio interview.

Taylor was informed this morning and players found out this afternoon.

Taylor’s teams averaged 24 wins over the previous eight years, but the Monarchs are 2-20 this year and have dropped 10 straight games.

Here is the full statement released by ODU athletic director Dr. Wood:

“As the athletic director at Old Dominion University, my primary responsibility is to our student athletes, and our intercollegiate athletic programs. As such, I am always going to try to base any decisions on those two guiding principles.

After a comprehensive review of the men’s basketball program, and with the support of President John Broderick, I am relieving Blaine Taylor of his duties as Old Dominion University’s head men’s basketball coach, effective immediately.

This decision is not based solely on wins and losses, but on a number of factors by which a head coach is evaluated. At this point, in regard to our head men’s basketball coach, our student athletes need mentorship, leadership and guidance. Our fans and alumni need encouragement. Our administration needs confidence in our leadership.

Effective today, I have appointed Associate Head Coach Jim Corrigan as the interim head coach through the remainder of the season. Jim has been with the program 18 years, and I have great confidence in Jim’s ability to guide the team the rest of the year. We are not giving up on our student athletes or the program. Today’s announcement is about addressing the present and the future needs of our men’s basketball program. We want to make the most of our remaining eight games and put our student athletes in position for success.

I want to thank Blaine and his family for everything they have contributed to Old Dominion University over the past 11 years. Blaine’s student athletes have always shown great character and tremendous heart. They have enjoyed considerable athletic and academic success. They have gone on to become productive citizens in their communities following their graduation from the University. In those regards, Blaine has led a model program – all of which has made for a difficult decision today. But as previously stated, my primary focus is our student athletes and the future of our men’s basketball program.

As this is an institutional personnel issue, I cannot comment further, and I trust you will respect that position.”

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