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UNI men's basketball coach resigns

Thursday, March 8, 2001

CEDAR FALLS - Sam Weaver, whose tenure was marked by frequent player turnover, has resigned after three losing seasons as men's basketball coach at Northern Iowa.

Northern Iowa, 7-24 this season and last in the Missouri Valley Conference, was 30-57 under Weaver. His best record was 14-15 last season.

Weaver resigned after meeting with athletic director Rick Hartzell on Monday night. The school announced his decision Tuesday.

"Rick wanted to make a change and I understood that," Weaver said. "It's hard to survive the kind of season we had and three straight losing seasons have been hard on everybody."

"We had a good stay here. We had great support despite the fact we had some poor seasons."

Hartzell said assistant coach Ron Smith would run the program until a new coach is hired. Assistants Tom Bardal and Johnny Brown will have their contracts honored through June 30.

"Over the last three weeks, we tried to take a careful look at all aspects of the men's basketball program and then make a decision on which direction the program should go in terms of our coach," Hartzell said.

"Sam determined it was in his best interest personally and professionally to resign his position."

Read the rest of this story in the 3/8 Pilot Tribune.

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