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Long-time coach Blaine Taylor out at Old Dominion

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
Blaine Taylor's Old Dominion squad has struggled to a 2-20 season. (US Presswire)

Old Dominion's struggles this season have been well-documented. Coming off a 22-win season and just two years removed from an NCAA tournament appearance, the Monarchs are 2-20 overall and winless in the CAA.

And now, Old Dominion is looking to head in a new direction sooner rather than later. The school announced at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that it was firing head coach Blaine Taylor.

"This decision is not based solely on wins and losses, but on a number of factors by which a head coach is evaluated," Athletic Director Wood Selig said in a statement. "At this point, in regard to our head men's basketball coach, our student athletes need mentorship, leadership and guidance. Our fans and alumni need encouragement. Our administration needs confidence in our leadership."

Taylor has been the head coach at Old Dominion since 2001, and is the school's all-time winningest head coach with 239 victories. The Monarchs have finished above .500 in each of the last nine seasons, reaching the NCAA tournament four times during that stretch. This season, however, Old Dominion has been one of the worst teams in Division-I, dropping 10 straight games since beating Virginia back in December.

Associate head coach Jim Corrigan, who has been with the Monarchs for 19 years, will be the interim coach.

The news was first reported by CollegeInsider.com and Ed Miller of The Virginian-Pilot.

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