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Former Bison coach Saul Phillips let go as coach at Ohio

Former North Dakota State men's basketball coach Saul Phillip was let go Wednesday at the head coach at Ohio University. Brett Davis / USA TODAY Sports

ATHENS, Ohio - Former North Dakota State head coach Saul Phillips, Ohio University men’s basketball coach for the last five seasons, will not have his contract renewed, Ohio athletic director Jim Schaus announced Wednesday morning.

Phillips went 81-77 in his five years at the helm, including consecutive 20-win seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17. The two seasons since then have been lackluster, however, with the team finishing a total of 14-17 for both seasons. The Bobcats went just 40-50 in the Mid-American Conference under Phillips.

"We are making a change in the leadership of our men's basketball program," Schaus said in a news release. "I do not believe that our men's basketball program, that has a rich tradition of excellence, is where we need to be in terms of consistent, on-court success."

The OU administration will start “a national search” for the new coach immediately, the release said.

At North Dakota State, Phillips compiled a 134-83 record in his seven years as head coach from 2007 to 2014. Phillips had five winning seasons at NDSU, reaching the NCAA Tournament twice - once in 2009 and again in 2014.

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