Weber State fires Cravens after two lost seasons

Updated: February 27, 2006, 5:12 PM ET
Associated Press

OGDEN, Utah -- Weber State men's basketball coach Joe Cravens was dismissed Monday, two days after the Wildcats ended the season with a fourth straight loss and failed to qualify for the Big Sky Conference tournament.

Weber State (10-17, 4-10) finished its second losing season in a row Saturday with a loss at Idaho State.

It's the first time since 1981 the Wildcats will not play in the league tournament.

Cravens has two years left on his contract and will be reassigned within the department, athletic director Jerry Graybeal said in a statement.

In 2002-2003, Cravens led Weber State to a Big Sky conference title and NCAA Tournament berth. The school was undefeated in conference play that year and Cravens was the league's coach of the year.

Cravens leaves after seven years as coach with a record of 116-88.

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