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SEMO fires men's basketball coach

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

AARON EISENHAUER ~ photos@semissourian.com
Coach Scott Edgar stands by the bench during a game against Rolla on November 3, 2007.

Southeast Missouri State University announced today that it has fired men's basketball coach Scott Edgar. The news comes after Edgar told the Southeast Missourian on Tuesday that the university planned to buy out his contract. The information below is from a news release sent out by the university this morning:

Southeast Missouri State University interim Director of Athletics Cindy Gannon announced today that the contract with Men's Basketball Coach Scott Edgar has been terminated without cause effective Dec. 30, 2008, pursuant to the terms of his contract. Edgar has been on administrative leave since last fall.

Southeast received a Notice of Allegations (NOA) from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) concerning possible major violations involving the men's basketball program in October. The University has been notified that this case will be considered by the committee at its April 17-18, 2009, meeting.

According to Gannon, "We feel it is important for the University and for Coach Edgar to have the opportunity to move forward. Since this is a personnel matter, the University and its employees will have no further comments."

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I would have to say that I am not dissapointed that the University terminated Coach Edgar's contract. I am sure that he is a good person but the direction of the program continued to stagnate. With the basketball facilities that SEMO has we should be able to recruit good quality student athletes and for whatever reason this has not happen the last several years. As a taxpayer I am very frustrated with the ongoing poor hiring decisions that the university continues to make within the athletic department. This has cost the taxpayers several thousand dollars. Where's the accountability? The Board of Regents who voted in favor of extending President Dobbin's contract should be ashamed of themselves for not doing their research in regards to whom has been behind these poor decisions. Everybody who follows SEMO athletics knows that Mr. Kaverman was Dobbins puppit. I hope that the new athletic director will make his own decisions and run a respectable department without Dobbins stepping in athletics for which he knows nothing about.

-- Posted by moverandshaker on Thu, Jan 1, 2009, at 3:07 PM

I would hope that the administration at SEMO will be able to hire a coach that will bring some excitement to the floor and the main thing is a winning team. I quit going to the games because they are not fun to watch and the play has not been good. A winning team might be able to bring in a large crowd and possibly fill the bottom level of the Show Me center for a men's basketball game. I believe that the last time that happened was when Rowdy was introduced as the mascot. Come on SEMO make the right choice this time and hopefully turn the losing records around as no one likes to go watch a team with a losing record.

-- Posted by runner50 on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 10:04 AM

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