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TCU fires coach Trent Johnson

TCU has fired coach Trent Johnson after four seasons, the school announced Monday morning.

"Trent Johnson is a man of unbelievable integrity," athletic director Chris Del Conte said in a statement. "It's hard to find a better person than Trent, and I have the highest level of respect for him. However, we believe change is needed in the leadership of our men's basketball program. ... Trent inherited a very difficult situation, and we truly appreciated his efforts over the last four years. We simply did not have the success we envisioned but believe the pieces are now in place for us to move forward."

Johnson, 59, entered the season at 38-58 overall and with a 6-48 mark in Big 12 play. The team was 12-21 this past season and 2-16 in Big 12 play.

"I'm proud of the kids and how they stayed the course," Johnson told ESPN. "They were 13-0 and were 25th in the country at one point last season. And with all the injuries they have had, they battled in the toughest conference in the country the last three years."

The school went from the Mountain West to the Big 12 in Johnson's first season with the Horned Frogs.

Johnson was a head coach at three stops before TCU. He went to one NCAA tournament and one NIT in four seasons at LSU, where he went 67-62 (25-39 SEC). Johnson was most successful at Stanford, where he made three NCAA tournament appearances in four seasons in Palo Alto. He also coached at Nevada for five seasons and made the Sweet 16 in 2004.

Johnson spent time as an assistant coach at Stanford, Rice, Washington and Utah.

He was given a six-year deal when he took over at TCU in 2012.