After eight seasons as the men’s basketball head coach, George Nessman is no longer in control of San Jose State.
The call was made by San Jose State athletic director Gene Bleymaier, the same AD who brought the “Smurf Turf” to Boise State, following the Spartans’ 67-49 loss to the University of Texas San Antonio in the WAC tournament in Las Vegas.
With a record of 9-20 this season, it was obvious Nessman’s tenure as head coach was coming to an end. This was the second consecutive season when the Spartans had only nine wins.
The Spartans will be looking to sign a much bigger name to command their basketball program since they have announced they will be joining the Mountain West Conference next season.
Nessman, 53, won 86 games during his eight seasons, including one winning season in 2010-11. It was SJSU’s first winning season since 1993-94 and came with a berth to the College Basketball Invitational.
Despite one of their strongest seasons in program history in 2010-11, the Spartans returned last year with only one win in WAC play and lost their last 14 games of the season. So I guess you could say 2012-13 was an above-average season for the Spartans.
“I am proud of the tremendous dedication and effort our players and staff gave to the San Jose State basketball program over the last eight years,” Nessman said in a statement.
Bleymaier has stated that he hopes to substantially increase the recruiting budget for the basketball program, which will be crucial to any hopes of contending in the much denser Mountain West.
Regardless of who San Jose State chooses to hire, the Spartans are destined to dwell at the bottom of the conference standings for many seasons to come.
John Engel is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports, covering the Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences. John works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in addition to Rant Sports. Follow: @engelsportsguy