Evans out at Southern Utah

Evans out at Southern Utah

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CEDAR CITY, Utah, March 6 - Southern Utah University will not be renewing head men's basketball coach Bill Evans' contract for the 2007-08 season, SUU Director of Athletics Ken Beazer announced this afternoon. Evans' contract expires this year.

Evans, a 1972 graduate of SUU, has headed up the program for 15 years after taking over on an interim basis late in the 1991-92 season. He finished the past season 16-14 with an overall record of 209-223 (48.4 percent). Since becoming head coach he has guided the team to more wins than any other SUU coach and he guided the Thunderbirds to their only NCAA basketball tournament appearance, in 2001.

Since 2001, however, Evans' teams have struggled on the court, with this year's finish marking the program's first winning record since the 2000-01 team went 25-6.

"This is one of the hardest decisions I've had to make," Beazer said. "Bill Evans has been synonymous with Southern Utah basketball for nearly two decades. He's done a lot for the program and for the University. He and his players have represented the University well.

"I want to wish Coach Evans and his family the best," Beazer added.

"I've really enjoyed my time here," said Evans, who joined the SUU men's staff as an assistant in 1990. "I love the program and I love the guys I've worked with. I think I've been a team-player and done what was asked of me. The only regret I really have is that I'm not going to be able to come back."

Beazer indicated a search for a replacement will begin immediately and he hopes to name a successor as soon as possible.

Tarvish Felton, a current assistant in the program, will handle the day-to-day men's basketball operations until the successor is named.

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