Taylor was the perfect fit. Not a single blemish to his record. In his six years as head coach, zero NCAA rules were violated, or caught, and the team’s academics drastically improved.
Of course, if a coach benefits the well-being and academic stability of a basketball program, it is the duty of the university to promptly fire said coach.
Taylor was expected to lead Ball State back to supremacy in the Mid-American Conference.Because of his inability to do so, Taylor was bought out of the final year of his contract. Taylor’s salary in 2012-13 was $215,000.
Following the firing on Thursday, a day in which many programs began off-loading their leadership baggage, Ball State athletic director Bill Scholl emphasized the importance of winning in college basketball, as well as having a studious program.
“Billy did so many things right while he was here. He built the team that’s performing in the classroom, that’s performing in the community,” said Scholl in a statement. “But in our world, winning and losing and competing for titles is a big piece of what we expect, and particularly where it relates to this basketball program, I just don’t see any reason we can’t be certainly a consistent contender for MAC championships.”
In the six-year span, Taylor had a record of 84-99 culminating with a 15-15 record this season. Ball State’s season ended with a 76-61 loss to Buffalo on Wednesday.
Ball State has been a revolving door of leadership personnel throughout the last few years, and next season, the team could see a major overhaul.
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.