- Associated Press - Thursday, March 13, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs fired basketball coach Tony Barbee on Wednesday night, about two hours after the Tigers’ season ended with a first-round loss in the SEC tournament.

Jacobs announced the decision shortly after the team left the Georgia Dome following Auburn’s 74-56 loss to South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Barbee insisted after the game the Tigers improved by finishing 14-16 overall and 6-12 in the Southeastern Conference - improving from 9-23 and 3-15 last season. He said after the game he expected to meet with Jacobs when the team returned to Auburn.

Jacobs didn’t wait that long. He said in a statement a change was needed.

“After careful evaluation of the last four years, I feel this is best for the program,” Jacobs said in the statement. “I believe we should compete for championships in men’s basketball. It’s time for somebody else to have a turn. We need to find somebody to come in here and take what we have here now and put some more in and compete for SEC titles.”

Jacobs said he made the announcement Wednesday night so Barbee could tell the players before they left campus for spring break Thursday.

Barbee was 49-75 at Auburn, posting losing records in each of his four seasons.

He came to Auburn after four seasons at Texas-El Paso, including a trip to the NCAA tournament in 2010.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide