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SMU fires men’s basketball coach Matt Doherty

Matt Doherty has been fired by SMU.

Doherty was let go as the SMU men’s basketball head coach after six seasons. He was hired by the school in April 2006.

He was 80-109 at the school. And is 170-180 in 11 seasons as a head coach.

“I appreciate Matt’s efforts and service here at SMU,” athletic director Steve Orsini said in a statement. “He always represented the university with class and I never doubted his effort or desire to win, but it was time for a change. We wish him the best.”

Doherty coached the Mustangs to a 13-19 record this season. However, the team was just 4-12 in conference play.

The team was knocked out of the conference tournament by Marshall in the first round.

“I understand that this is a business and, at the end of the day, we simply didn’t win enough games,” Doherty said in a statement. “However, I am grateful to the players and staff for their hard work and the way they represented the university. I always stressed to them the importance of controlling what you can control — your attitude and effort. They were great about focusing on every practice and game. I think that shows the type of character these young men possess. I wish SMU and these young men nothing but success.”

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