Auburn fires hoops coach Cliff Ellis
Auburn, AL (Sports Network) – Auburn University has relieved head men’s
basketball coach Cliff Ellis from his current duties.
Ellis had been the Tigers coach for the past 10 seasons, compiling a 186-125
mark. His Southeastern Conference record, however, stood at just 73-87 and
the Tigers were just 5-11 against conference opponents this season. Auburn
also made just three NCAA Tournament appearances during Ellis’ tenure.
“I met with coach Ellis this morning and informed him that a change in the
leadership of our basketball program was needed,” Auburn’s interim president
Ed Richardson said. “My evaluation of the program indicates to me that we need
to move in a different direction.”
Auburn had its best season under Ellis in 1998-99, finishing 29-4, winning the
SEC title and earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers
eventually lost to Ohio State in the Sweet 16. Ellis was named National Coach
of the Year for his accomplishments that season.
Ellis and the Tigers also had a nice run into the Sweet 16 last year, where
they lost to eventual national champion Syracuse.
“I am aware of the many accomplishments of coach Ellis in his tenure here. I
appreciate what he has done with the program,” Richardson said. “It is simply
time for a change.”
Ellis leaves Auburn second on the school’s all-time victory list behind just
Joel Eaves (1950-63).