Boston U. fires coach Wolff

Updated: March 11, 2009, 6:29 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Boston University fired coach Dennis Wolff after 15 seasons on Wednesday, Wolff told ESPN.com.

Wolff said he was in New York recruiting and was called back to Boston to meet with administrators. Wolff said he was asked to resign. He refused and was let go.

The Terriers finished 17-13, 11-5 in the America East, good for third, two games behind first-place Vermont and Binghamton. BU reached the NCAA tournament in 1997 and 2002 and the NIT three times in Wolff's tenure, the last time in 2004-05.

"We greatly appreciate the contributions that Dennis has made during his 15 years at BU," athletic director Mike Lynch said.

"This decision was not made quickly or easily. However, after a thorough analysis, I believe that a change in leadership is in the best interests of our men's basketball program."

Wolff, who was 247-197 at BU, had four years remaining on his contract and is negotiating a buyout.

BU lost to UMBC in the quarterfinals in overtime of the America East tournament last Saturday.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com

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