Oliver says he will step down as Bengals coach

Updated: January 17, 2006, 7:30 PM ET
Associated Press

POCATELLO, Idaho -- Idaho State head basketball coach Doug Oliver said Tuesday he will step down at the end of the current season.

The Bengals are 7-8 so far and have lost their last six games. They are currently 0-4 in the Big Sky Conference.

"A few weeks ago, a few moments ago, whatever, I had made my decision that I wasn't going to come back for another year of coaching at Idaho State," he told a news conference. "It's time for a new voice for this program, for a new direction, a new teaching of the game."

Oliver was hired at Idaho State in 1998 after 12 seasons as the top assistant at Stanford. He's 82-128 in eight seasons at Idaho State.

"We will begin an immediate search to fill the head coaching position," Idaho State athletic director Paul Bubb said in a statement. "The timing of this announcement will allow us to move forward with expectations of having a new head coach named before the college basketball season concludes."

Bubb said Oliver made the announcement at this point in the season out of concern for his players and a desire not to "put additional pressure on them based on wins and losses."

The Bengals have finished third or higher in the Big Sky Conference during three of their last five seasons.

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