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After 2-29 season, Binghamton fires Mark Macon

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
It's hard to survive with your job after one of the worst seasons in college basketball history.

So, on Monday, Binghamton cut ties with head coach Mark Macon, who was with the Bearcats the past three seasons and accumulated a 23-70 record, including the 2-29 mark for the 2011-12 season, his third as coach of the team but his only one without the "interim" tag attached to it.

The school announced its decision via press release and on Twitter.

Macon was notified of his firing Monday morning. When asked why the school would have waited more than a month after the end of the team's season, he replied, "Honestly, I couldn't tell you that. That's something you'd have to talk to the AD about."

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Macon has two years remaining on his contract. He spent the weekend recruiting on the East Coast, and the weekend prior to that, he hosted a recruit on campus, a recruit that recently committed to the program. Macon has no hard feelings for the decision, tough as it may be.

"I look at is as a great opportunity that I had, and I'm grateful to have had the chance to be the head coach here at Binghamton, and I thank Binghamton," he said. "I was given a chance to learn on the job."

Macon was in charge of the program in one of the most impossible situations imaginable. After former head coach Kevin Broadus was fired in 2009 in the wake up academic and drug scandals that plagued the men's hoops team on the heels of its only NCAA tournament appearance (in '09), Macon took over with few scholarship players and myriad restrictions due to sanctions imposed by the NCAA and the university.

Broadus moved on to work with Georgetown, and was on the recruiting trail this past weekend. Robert Kirby, a former Georgetown assistant coach, recently took an assistant post at LSU, and sources tell CBSSports.com Broadus is likely to be promoted to an assistant on John Thompson III's staff with the Hoyas.

Meanwhile, Macon is now out of a job in the middle of recruiting season, and Binghamton finds itself on the hunt for a coach after the prime hiring and firing season has come and gone.
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