Monday , Mar , 07 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Phil Johnson resigns at San Jose State

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) – San Jose State men’s head basketball coach
Phil Johnson has decided to resign, effective at the end of the season.

Johnson was in his second stint as head coach of the Spartans and had one year
remaining on the deal he signed in April of 2002.

“It has become obvious that there has not been the necessary progress in our
basketball program. Therefore, I think it is appropriate that I announce my
resignation as head basketball coach,” said the 46-year-old Johnson in a
prepared statement. “The lack of progress and failures of the program rest
squarely on my shoulders and nowhere else.”

The Spartans are just 6-22 heading into this week’s Western Athletic
Conference Tournament and are just 19-66 in the past three seasons under
Johnson, who led San Jose State to a 12-16 mark during the 1998-99 season
before leaving for an assistant head coaching position with the NBA’s Chicago

“I appreciate the opportunity to coach at San Jose State and am grateful to
our players and the assistant coaches for their efforts, to the university for
the opportunity, and to our fans. I came here with the genuine intention to
improve this program, but it has not happened and I make no excuses for that.
I wish the best for the future of Spartan basketball.”

San Jose State has not finished with a winning season since a 15-12 mark
during the 1993-94 campaign, although the Spartans made the NCAA Tournament in
1996 with a 13-16 record after winning the Big West Tournament. They were
quickly ousted in the first round by Kentucky.