ASU coach Evans out after team finishes 11-17

Updated: March 10, 2006, 6:02 PM ET
Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State basketball coach Rob Evans will not return for a ninth season, the school announced Friday.

The announcement came a few hours after Evans, 59, had an hour-long meeting with ASU Athletic Director Lisa Love.

"I fully appreciate the efforts Rob and his staff gave in his eight years here," Love said at a news conference. "He accomplished many goals and will always be remembered as a great Sun Devil. His work ethic and professionalism will never be forgotten and always will be appreciated by the Sun Devil family."

Love did not say whether Evans had been fired or quit. She said the university would pay Evans for the final year of his contract.

Evans declined to answer a reporter's questions after his meeting with Love.

Evans spent eight seasons with the Sun Devils, compiling a 119-120 record.

ASU finished its season Wednesday night with a loss to Oregon State at the Pac-10 tournament in Los Angeles. The Sun Devils finished the year with a losing record of 11-17, and Evans' departure had been widely anticipated.

Love said a search for a successor would be immediately. She said she had a list of candidates in mind but would not identify them.


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