Buffalo Bulls Fire Coach Reggie Witherspoon

By John Engel
Douglas C. Pizac-USA TODAY Sports

Spring cleaning is now underway in households all over the country, while the same is happening with NCAA coaching staffs for universities.

After 14 seasons at the helm of the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team, Reggie Witherspoon is unemployed. Witherspoon was fired Friday, only one day after his Bulls finished off a 14-20 season with a 70-68 loss to Kent State in the quarterfinal of the Mid-American Conference tournament.

Coach Bill Taylor recently received the boot from Ball State of the MAC.

Witherspoon accomplished quite a bit as the leader of the men’s basketball program at Buffalo. He made the Bulls relevant in the MAC, even when the conference was attempting to earn legitimacy itself. Witherspoon still had three years left on his contract, and will gladly be “on the beach” courtesy Buffalo.

As expected, Buffalo athletic director Danny White issued a statement following the release of Witherspoon. Interesting enough to note, though, White is in his first year as head of the athletic department. It could be that White’s inexperience with the position, and lack of relationships in the program, led to the firing. Who knows.

“After much consideration, we determined that a change in leadership for our men’s basketball program is necessary,” White said. “This was a very difficult decision because I understand the impact Coach Witherspoon made to our university and community. To be sure, our program is much stronger than when Reggie and his staff took over.”

White must have read some of the school’s old newsletters.

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.

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