Friday , Mar , 10 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Idaho fires head basketball coach

Moscow, ID (Sports Network) – The University of Idaho fired men’s basketball
coach Leonard Perry late Thursday night, just a few hours after the team lost
in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Vandals dropped a 68-55 decision to 21st-ranked Nevada in the tournament
quarterfinals and finished the season with a dismal mark of 4-25.

“I’ve pretty much known that you can’t win four games and expect to keep your
job,” Perry said a few hours after Thursday’s loss. “You have to win. I
understand that. We made changes I thought we needed to make. In no way, shape
or form am I upset or mad. Change is inevitable.”

Perry spent the past five seasons at Idaho and posted a record of 48-97.

“We sincerely appreciate coach Perry’s passion for the game of basketball and
his love of and commitment to the University of Idaho,” said Idaho director of
athletics Rob Spear in a statement on the school’s website. “But we have
decided we need to move the program in a new direction.”

The school will honor the remaining two years of Perry’s contract.