Macy is out as coach at Morehead St.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kyle Macy, a former University of Kentucky player who spent seven seasons in the NBA, resigned Tuesday as head basketball coach at Morehead State.

Morehead finished the season with one of the worst records in the nation at 4-23 and did not qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament for a second straight year. Macy was 106-144 in nine seasons as coach.

Earlier Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press, Macy didn't mention that he was on the verge of resigning. However, he acknowledged frustration with his young team's play.

"You're the head coach," Macy said. "Some of the stuff is out of your control, whether it's an injury, whatever the case may be. But as a coach, I was not really happy about it."

Brian Hutchinson, the school's director of intercollegiate athletics, said he didn't ask Macy to resign but that the coach decided to step down after a conversation Tuesday. He expects to have a new coach in place by April.

"We have great respect for Kyle," Hutchinson said in an interview. "There are lots of parts of our program that are better because he was here."

But in a statement Macy provided WLEX-TV in Lexington, the coach said he submitted his resignation only after being informed by the university that it was seeking "a different direction."

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