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NIU fires coach Ricardo Patton

Updated: March 10, 2011, 12:02 AM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Northern Illinois announced Wednesday that men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton has been fired after four seasons.

Patton was 35-83 overall and 19-44 in the Mid-American Conference during his four years. The Huskies went 9-21 this season and were knocked out of the opening round of the conference tournament by Bowling Green on Tuesday.

"I appreciate the hard work and dedication to Northern Illinois University and our men's basketball program that Ricardo and his staff have shown over ...

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