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Southern Illinois parts ways with Lowery

Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:53 am
Edited on: March 2, 2012 12:43 pm

By Jeff Goodman

Chris Lowery was one of the hottest names in the country just a few years ago. Now Southern Illinois has decided to part ways with its head coach. 

A news conference is scheduled for Friday at 3:30 p.m. 

Sources have told that Lowery was fired Friday after eight years that produced a 145-116 record. The Salukis went to three NCAA tournaments in Lowery's first three seasons but have struggled over the past four seasons and failed to reach the postseason each time. Southern Illinois was 8-23 this season. The Salukis lost Thursday night to Indiana State in the opening round of the Missouri Valley conference tournament. 

Lowery, 39, had two years remaining on a seven-year contract worth more than $5 million.

A source told that SIU will target Illinois' Bruce Weber if Illinois parts ways with its coach after this season. The Illini have lost seven of their past eight games, which has brought Weber's job security into question. Weber coached Southern Illinois from 1998-2003.


Since: Mar 18, 2012
Posted on: March 18, 2012 5:55 pm

Southern Illinois parts ways with Lowery

Hey content managers, you're link for Western Kentucky firing Ken McDonald redirects to SIU firing Chris Lowery. 

Since: Mar 3, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:27 pm

Southern Illinois parts ways with Lowery

What about Marcus Timmons, he played all 4 years at SIU, a great player and from what I hear he has a pretty good coaching record back in Australia. He was back in town ???

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:48 pm

Southern Illinois parts ways with Lowery

Why would anyone "dream" of coaching Clemson or s Carolina in hoops? Seriously, just cause he's from there, doesn't mean aspires to take the job at a backwater bcs program.

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:16 pm

Southern Illinois parts ways with Lowery

Illinois needs to get shaka smart

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:49 pm

Southern Illinois parts ways with Lowery

Look for Marshall to end up at South Carolina. The Gamecocks are going nowhere with Horn and there is no need to delay the inevitable for another year. As for Weber, he is the perfect Valley coach and after making a ton of money at Illinois can return to a school where he has already had great success. Since he is now financially secure, Bruce should find himself in a situation at SIU where is able to actually enjoy the coaching profession again.

Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:33 pm

Southern Illinois parts ways with Lowery

i misread 's comment, sorry......a job in the Big 10 or another BCS conference is a distinct possibility for Marshall.

Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:28 pm

Southern Illinois parts ways with Lowery

Gregg Marshall from Wichita State isn't going to Southern Illinois......if the Shockers lose him, and I hope they don't, it won't be to another school in the MVC....that makes absolutely no sense at all.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:24 pm

Southern Illinois parts ways with Lowery

Bruce Weber may and probably will be fired from Illinois but I don't think he regrets taking the Illinois job. He got to coach for the chance at a national championship and play in the Big Ten and the NCAA several years. And he got a ton of money, far more than he would from SIU. And my original point. SIU couldn't keep it up and Chris Lowery got fired anyway.

As for Marshall, I looked at his bio and see him more as a Southern guy. He's from South Carolina. I think his dream job would be Clemson or South Carolina, both schools that should be available at some point in this decade. The last thing Illinois wants is for our coach to leave us for some second rate SEC or ACC school. I'm sure Marshall will get consideration but he's going to have to prove to Illinois's AD he would be committed to Illinois for the long haul.

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:22 pm

Southern Illinois parts ways with Lowery

Chris Lowry is nice guy but a bad Head Coach.  SIU should have canned him 2 years ago.  Bruce Weber knows how to coach
and is perfectly suited for a school like SIU where he can recruit try hard kids and build a team.  Weber's weakness is he doesn't
teach the type of ball highly ranked players like to play.  Big time players all want to go the the NBA and want to play an up-temp
style as coached by Calipari, Self, Few, etc

Lowry got paid and stopped caring - Weber will never stop caring.  Go back to SIU Bruce!  Illinois will do well to hire somone like Frank Haith.
I'm not suggesting Haith will leave Mizzou, only that Illinois should hire that type of guy if they want to successfully recruit Chicago and the top players around the country.  Buzz Williams is probably a realistic candidate.    &

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:13 pm

Southern Illinois parts ways with Lowery

If Illinois is smart they will go after Gregg Marshall from Wichita State. Stevens is not leaving Butler. Weber should have never left SIU.

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