In NCAA basketball, no job is completely safe. After 17 years as head coach, Bobby Braswell has been fired by Cal State Northridge. The Matadors were 14-17 this season, with a 5-13 conference record in the Big Sky.
Times weren’t always bad for Northridge during the Brawell era, however. Braswell led the Matadors to three 20-win seasons and two NCAA tournament appearances. After 17 seasons, there was little that could surprise Braswell on and off the court, but no one could have predicted how the long-time head coach was relieved of his duties.
Incoming athletic director Brandon Martin announced Braswell’s dismissal on Tuesday after the university decided not to renew the coach’s contract. Oddly enough, Martin was a former high school player for Braswell.
Classic case of revenge of the bench-warmer? Not exactly. Martin still hasn’t assumed his new job as athletic director of Northridge, as he still holds the position as senior associate athletic director for administration at Oklahoma. He will take over the new job on April 1.
Braswell’s tenure as head coach will be remembered by some success and a variety of off-the-court issues. Last year Northridge was banned from postseason play after failing to meet grade and graduation requirements set by the NCAA. Braswell’s son, along with two other Northridge players, was arrested for commercial burglary and grand theft in 2009, which began the coach’s poor reputation.
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.