A Change For Bobcat Basketball

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ATHENS, Ohio -- As many basketball teams are gearing up for conference tournament games, the Ohio Bobcats are beginning the search for a new basketball coach. Saul Phillips will not be returning to the Bobcat bench next fall. Ohio Athletic Director Jim Schnaus announced Wednesday that Phillips' contract will not be renewed.
"We are making a change in the leadership of our men's basketball program," said Schaus. "I do not believe that our men's basketball program, that has a rich tradition of excellence, is where we need to be in terms of consistent, on-court success."
The Bobcats struggled this past season as they finished 10th in the MAC with a 6-12 conference record and 14-17 overall. Phillips was Ohio's coach for 5 seasons where he compiled a 81-77 overall record but was 10 games under .500 in MAC play.
"I would like to thank Saul Phillips and his staff for their dedication and service," said Schaus. "They created a very positive culture for our student-athletes and did their jobs with the utmost integrity. They are quality people, and I wish them the very best in the future."
A national search for Phillips' successor will begin immediately.
"Rest assured that we are committed to excellence in our men's basketball program and will take the necessary steps to ensure future success," said Schaus. "I am confident that we will attract very strong interest in the position and will be able to hire an outstanding head coach and staff very soon. I want to thank our loyal fan base for their support of our men's basketball program. I am excited and optimistic about our future."