Macy steps down after 4-23 season

Updated: February 28, 2006, 6:31 PM ET
Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky.-- Morehead State coach Kyle Macy resigned Tuesday after his team went 4-23 this season, one of the worst records in the nation.

Macy, a former Kentucky star who spent seven years in the NBA, was 106-144 in nine seasons as coach. Morehead State failed to qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament for the second straight year.

"I leave with great pride in what I have been able to accomplish at a school that only verbally supports their sports programs. Those in charge have unrealistic expectations of success considering the lack of funds budgeted," Macy said in the statement. "In spite of their lack of commitment, I was able to accomplish many things."

Earlier in the day, during an interview with The Associated Press, Macy spoke of his frustration during his worst season as coach.

"Some of the stuff is out of your control, whether it's an injury, whatever the case may be," he said. "But as a coach, I was not really happy about it."

Athletic director Brian Hutchinson said he didn't ask Macy to resign, but the coach decided to step down after a conversation Tuesday. Hutchinson expects to have a new coach in place by April.

"We have great respect for Kyle," he said in an interview. "There are lots of parts of our program that are better because he was here."

Hutchinson acknowledged Macy sometimes complained that funds were short but insisted there wasn't "anything hidden" about how much the program had to spend.

Macy, a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, was a two-time All-American in three seasons for Kentucky and played on its 1978 national championship team. For five seasons in the 1990s, he served as a color commentator for Kentucky radio broadcasts.

He spent five seasons with the Phoenix Suns and one each for the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers. In all seven NBA seasons, his teams reached the playoffs.

His Morehead State team in 2002-03 tied for the OVC's regular season championship and led the nation in field goal shooting. A year earlier, the team led the nation in free throw percentage.

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