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The Associated Press | March 3, 2014

Tennessee-Martin fires head coach James after fifth consecutive losing season

Jason James

MARTIN, Tenn. -- Tennessee-Martin has fired head coach Jason James after a fifth consecutive losing season.

James went 37-117 in five years as UT Martin's head coach after spending seven seasons as an assistant.

UT Martin athletic director Julio Freire says Monday that ''this was a tough decision to make'' in a university release announcing the decision. Freire says James ''conducted the program with the highest degree of integrity'' but that he felt it was time to move in a new direction after taking a ''hard look'' at how the team had developed during the last five years.

UT Martin closed an 8-23 season Saturday with an 88-85 loss to Austin Peay. UT Martin failed to qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament that begins Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.

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