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Sunday, March 4, 2007
Georgia State fires Perry

Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Four years after replacing coaching legend Lefty Driesell, Georgia State men's basketball coach Michael Perry has been fired.

"We are grateful for what Michael Perry has done for Georgia State during his tenure as an assistant and head coach and we wish him and his staff well," Georgia State athletic director Mary McElroy said Sunday.

Perry, a former assistant under Driesell, joined the Panthers' staff in 1997. In 2003-4, he led the squad to a 20-9 record and the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament.

But his teams have struggled since, posting a combined 62-75 record in three consecutive losing seasons. Georgia State went 11-20 this season, and lost to Virginia Commonwealth 73-60 in the quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament on Saturday.

Perry has two years left on his contract and Georgia State will honor the terms of the agreement, McElroy said.