Friday , Mar , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Cyclones dismiss coach Wayne Morgan

Ames, IA (Sports Network) – Iowa State University fired head basketball
coach Wayne Morgan on Friday.

“We have decided to make a change in the leadership of our men’s basketball
program. That change is effective immediately,” said Iowa State director of
athletics Jamie Pollard. “During the past six months, I have had the
opportunity to fully assess the overall direction of the men’s basketball
program, and I do not believe our current coaching staff can sustain the level
of performance required for our athletic program to achieve its goals.”

Morgan recorded a 55-39 overall mark in three seasons with the Cyclones. His
2004 club made the NIT semifinals and the 2005 edition reached the second
round of the NCAA Tournament.

Iowa State failed qualify for post-season play this year after finishing with
a disappointing 16-14 mark. The Cyclones were ranked No. 25 nationally in the

The removal of Morgan came just days after a damning report involving
recruiting violations.

Morgan’s program is suspected of illegally funneling money to a California
business run by a high-profile junior college coach in exchange for players
committing to the University.