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Loyola fires Jim Whitesell

Updated: March 14, 2011, 7:09 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Loyola fired men's basketball coach Jim Whitesell on Monday.

With one year left on his contract, athletic director Dr. M. Grace Calhoun said in a statement released Monday that Whitesell would have had difficulties recruiting and that an extension "would send a false signal of the level of competitive success" meriting one.

Whitesell went 109-107 overall and 50-70 in the Horizon League in his seven seasons with the Ramblers.

"I was surprised," Whitesell said. ...

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