Report: Army fires coach Crews

Updated: September 23, 2009, 3:49 PM ET
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Army officials refused to acknowledge a report Wednesday in the Times-Herald Record that said Army coach Jim Crews had been fired.

Assistants Kendrick Saunders and Jeff Platt wouldn't comment on the report and referred all questions to the sports information department.

An earlier call to Jim Crews wasn't returned. A secretary simply took a message and didn't say whether or not he would be in Wednesday. Men's basketball public relations contact Brian Gunning didn't return messages throughout the day. Women's contact Tracy Nelson said the department had no official statement and she was not at liberty to say anything else.

Army athletic director Kevin Anderson didn't return a phone call or e-mail and his e-mail account said he would be out of the office for the next week.

The timing of a Crews firing would be odd considering teams were allowed to start team workouts for two hours a week beginning Sept. 15. Official team practice begins Oct. 16. Army is 60-139 in seven seasons with Crews. Crews, who coached at Evansville and played for Bob Knight at Indiana on the 1976 undefeated team, recently came back from a goodwill mission to Iraq with other coaches and ESPN analysts Fran Fraschilla and Steve Lavin, coaching U.S. troops during a basketball tournament.

Crews was 22-76 in the Patriot League. The Times Herald-Record reported that Army's deputy athletic director Gene Marshall would be the interim coach.

Army's women's coach, Dave Magarity, is a former head men's coach at Marist. Magarity replaced the late Maggie Dixon.

ESPN.com's Andy Katz contributed to this report.