Lost in transition

March, 7, 2010
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Central Arkansas finished up its four-year transition to Division I with the completion of this season, and the school promptly announced the firing of its coaching staff.

Ouch. Rand Chappell lost his job after seven years at the helm, with three years left on his contract. He went 43-76 during the transition years. The Bears were 9-21 this season.
"As we move toward full reclassification, our program needs a fresh start, someone to energize our student-athletes, fans and donor base," athletic director Brad Teague said in a statement. "Our attendance has suffered and we need to get our faithful basketball fans back to the Farris Center."

Thanks for your service, coach. By the way: It's a business. The press release announcing the firing noted that the rest of Chappell's contract would be paid from "private funds."

Only last week Chappell was quoted in the Log Cabin Democrat about the transition process and the future.
"Having to tell recruits that we wouldn’t be eligible for the conference tournament even if we win them all has been a real negative," Chappell said. "Coaches who had been through it told me the four-year transition to Division I would be the worst, hardest time I've ever been through.

"The first couple of years -- halfway through it -- it was fun knocking down barriers and doing things that had never been done. The last couple of years, we've run into a few walls. We feel in about seven days a lot of bricks will be taken off our shoulders."

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