UT's Coach Joplin fired, athletic director confirms

Last year Joplin was named MAC Coach of the Year. He has been with the university for 12 years.
Last year Joplin was named MAC Coach of the Year. He has been with the university for 12 years.
UT Athletic Director Mike O'Brien said in a press conference Monday, "It's time for new leadership."
UT Athletic Director Mike O'Brien said in a press conference Monday, "It's time for new leadership."

TOLEDO -- In a press conference Monday, UT Athletic Director Mike O'Brien confirmed men's basketball coach Stan Joplin has been fired.

O'Brien said "It's time for new leadership." He explained it's time for the athletic department to look ahead. It's not time to look back. He added that it was a difficult decision because of the type of person Joplin is.

O'Brien said, "We'll have one of, if not the best, facilities in the MAC." The search will start immediately for a new coach.

Last year Joplin was named MAC Coach of the Year. He has been with the university for 12 years. This year the Rockets finished the season 11 and 19.

Listen to the full press conference

To hear the statement made by Athletic Director O'Brien or the questions he answered from reporters afterward, click on the featured video in this article.

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