Memphis' West fired after 9 seasons

Updated: November 10, 2009, 4:29 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis fired coach Tommy West on Monday, saying the school wants to go in a different direction after the season.

Athletic Director R.C. Johnson said at a news conference that he met with West Monday morning and told the coach of the university's decision. He also asked West to stay through the end of the season.

"It's not a good day at the office," West said right after his firing was announced.

West said the university needs to put more money in the football ...

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