By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
South Carolina is looking for a new men’s basketball head coach.
The team has fired its head coach Darrin Horn. He took over after the 2008-09 season when Dave Odom retired.
This season, the Gamecocks was the worst team in the SEC. They had a 10-21 overall mark with a 2-14 conference mark.
The team was 60-63 in four years under Horn. They were 23-41 in the SEC.
“This was a very difficult decision,” said South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman. “Darrin has done a good job in areas in which we place great value. Under his leadership our academics have improved immensely, he has run a program of integrity and his student-athletes have represented the university and department appropriately. However, we could not overlook other factors that led to this decision. In the world of college athletics, wins and losses and being competitive in the SEC had to be considered. Recruiting, player development and diminishing fan support also was considered when making a decision like this.”
He will receive a $2.4 million dollar buyout to cover the remaining three years of his contract.
“First and foremost, I’d like to thank Eric Hyman, Dr. Pastides and the Board of Trustees for the opportunity I’ve had as the head men’s basketball coach at South Carolina for the past four years,” said Horn. “I appreciate the Gamecock Nation for its support of the program. My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Columbia and wish nothing but the best for the Gamecocks.”
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