Furman coach Jeff Jackson forced to resign

By Jeff Goodman | College Basketball Insider

Furman coach Jeff Jackson is out after seven seasons.

The Paladins were 85-131 during his tenure and finished 7-24 this past season and 3-15 in Southern Conference play. Jackson won 22 games in 2010-11, and earned a berth in the CollegeInsider.com tournament -- the school's first postseason appearance since 1991.

The school said Jackson resigned, but a source told CBSSports.com he was forced to resign.

“We respect Coach Jackson's decision to resign and pursue other career opportunities, whether in coaching or other areas,” Furman athletic director Gary Clark said in a statement. “We appreciate the manner in which he has represented Furman University and Furman athletics. He has recruited quality young men who have performed in the classroom and represented Furman with class on the basketball court. We wish Coach Jackson all the best in his future endeavors.”

Assistant Bob Richey has been named interim coach while a the administration conducts a search for Jackson's replacement.

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