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South Alabama Head Coach Ronnie Arrow to Retire Immediately

Derick Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

South Alabama head coach Ronnie Arrow has made the abrupt decision to retire from coaching despite the Jaguars being just ten games into the start of the season.

According to some of the various reports, Arrow, 65, stepped away from his position during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. There was no reasoning as to why Arrow made the decision to retire.

Associate head coach Jeff Price will take over the Jaguars’ program on an interim basis for the remainder of the 2012-13 season. South Alabama is 5-5 on the year, but the Jaguars already boast a 2-0 record within the Sun Belt Conference. A season-opening victory on the road at Florida State has been the highlight of the year, thus far.

Arrow formerly coached South Alabama from 1987-95, compiling a 114-93 record overall. He returned to the school in 2007, winning 97 games in that span. The Jaguars qualified for one NCAA Tournament appearance in Arrow’s most recent stint, a 2008 trip to the Big Dance which ended at the hands of Butler in the first round.

The news of Arrow’s retirement was first reported on Twitter by the Mobile Press-Register.

While the timing of Arrow’s retirement comes at an awkward time in mid-December, the Jaguars are left in good hands with Price taking over. Price has spent time as a head coach in the past, guiding Georgia Southern from 1999-2009.

South Alabama will now fully move into the conference portion of their schedule having won two league games already. The Jaguars will take on Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday.


Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS