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Monday, March 5, 2007
Moser fired by Illinois State

Associated Press

NORMAL, Ill. -- Illinois State University fired basketball coach Porter Moser on Monday, citing a "lack of progress" in his four seasons at the school.

Moser, who had three years remaining on his contract, was 51-67 since taking over at Illinois State in 2003. His teams had a losing record in three of his four years at ISU.

"This isn't about wins and losses from a particular season," athletic director Sheahon Zenger said in a statement. "This is about a program, and the management of that program. I have talked this over with President [Al] Bowman and he concurs with the decision."

Illinois State finished 15-16 this year, losing 68-65 last week in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Under Moser the Redbirds were never higher than a No. 6 seed in the conference's postseason tournament.

Moser's winning percentage was the third-lowest by an Illinois State head basketball coach and lowest by a head coach with more than two seasons on the job, the school said in a statement.

The contracts of assistant coaches Chris Jans, Daniyal Robinson and Brian Barone also were terminated.

Officials at the school said a search for a new head basketball coach will begin immediately. Moser did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.