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Smith, two-time MAC coach of year, resigns

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Jay Smith resigned as Central
Michigan's basketball coach on Thursday after nine years and two
Mid-American Conference titles.

The Chippewas were 95-160 overall and 52-110 in the MAC under
Smith. The 95 victories rank fourth in Central men's basketball
history.

"We fully respect Jay's decision to leave the coaching
profession to spend more time with his family," athletics director
Dave Heeke said.

Smith was chosen MAC coach of the year twice after leading
Central to regular-season championships in 2001 and 2003.

The 2003 team won a school-record 25 games and the MAC
tournament title. The Chippewas won their first-round NCAA
Tournament game over Creighton before losing to Duke in the second
round that season.