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Wichita State fires Gene Stephenson

Updated: June 4, 2013, 9:15 PM ET
Associated Press

Gene Stephenson knew the end was near when he got on the phone with Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey, one of his best players during 36 years as baseball coach at Wichita State.

The two of them chatted for a bit Monday night, and Pelfrey came away disgusted that his mentor and friend was being forced out as the leader of a program Stephenson built from the ground up.

"He deserves to go out on his own terms. Forcing him out is not right at all," Pelfrey said before Tuesday night's game ...

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