Spivery's Hornets beat Southern in SWAC tourney

Updated: May 5, 2005, 12:05 AM ET
Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama State men's basketball coach Rob Spivery said Wednesday that he has accepted the head coaching position at Southern University.

Spivery, who coached the Hornets for nine seasons, told his players about his departure during a team meeting Wednesday afternoon.

"He just said that it was something he had to do," ASU sophomore forward Herbert Warren told the Montgomery Advertiser. "I think it was a pretty big surprise for everybody. He said there were a couple of reasons -- that it was the best thing for him right now, and it was the best thing for his family. That's how it goes."

Spivery led the Hornets to two NCAA tournaments during his tenure as coach. The Hornets, under his guidance, knocked Southern out of the SWAC tournament the past two years.

Spivery will replace Michael Grant at Southern, in Baton Rouge, La. Grant was fired after two consecutive losing seasons.

ASU officials said assistant coach Joe Proctor will serve as interim head coach for the Hornets.

"Nothing has been disseminated here. So I can't say here," Southern sports information director Kevin Manns said. "All I can say is our chancellor's office is handling that situation."

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