OUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP)
Seton Hall basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez has been fired.
Patrick Hobbs, the university law school dean who has been overseeing the athletics department since July, said Wednesday that fiery Gonzalez was let go for reasons other than his coaching record.
"Performance and success are not measured solely by wins and losses, but also in the conduct of those associated with the program," Hobbs said.
"We have expectations as to how our coaches and players will conduct themselves, and they are expected to treat everyone they interact with, whether officials, the press or our students, with the utmost respect, maturity and professionalism. Those core expectations must be met."
University president Monsignor Robert Sheeran informed Gonzalez of the decision around noon, saying he had lost confidence in Gonzalez's ability to lead the program after four years.
"It is essential that all university leaders embody the ideals that make us all so proud of Seton Hall," Sheeran said.
Gonzalez completed his Seton Hall tenure Tuesday with an 87-69 loss at Prudential Center to Texas Tech in the opening round of the NIT. In four seasons, he amassed an overall record of 66-59 and a 29-45 mark in Big East games.
The Pirates did not qualify for the NCAA tournament with Gonzalez at the helm.
Sheeran said that Hobbs has been reviewing the basketball program for most of the year and that he asked him for a recommendation last week. Sheeran said he decided to fire Gonzalez at 9 a.m., adding the coach was very professional and calm when informed of the decision.
Hobbs would not say whether Gonzalez was fired with cause. The coach was given a contract extension through the 2015 in the fall.
Villanova coach Jay Wright said Gonzalez is a good coach, but he also understands him.
"I think the world of him," Wright said. "He's Gonzo and he is what he is. And in our business, there's not a lot of characters anymore because it's so demanding and there's a such a microscope on you. I'm not saying it's good or bad. I'm saying it is what it is. Some people like it, some people don't."
Hobbs wants to hire a coach who can be successful immediately in the Big East, adding that a current head coach or an assistant will be considered.
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