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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
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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 CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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.

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Comments

Since: Feb 6, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:11 pm
 

Southern Illinois parts ways with Lowery

Bruce Weber can go back to Southern!



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:31 pm
 

Southern Illinois parts ways with Lowery

This shows you that sometimes when you have a chance at the big stage you have to take it. Are you listening, Brad Stevens? When you get that call from Champaign, Illinois, answer the call!


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