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"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."
"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."