basketball-men-d1 flag

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.

Florida State's Kiah Gillepsie leads women's Starting Five after striking performance against Louisville

Each week throughout the season the Starting Five will highlight the top NCAA Division I women’s basketball performances from the previous week.

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from and our partners