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Ben Braun resigns as Rice head coach

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Ben Braun and Rice have parted ways, the school announced Thursday.

Braun and athletic director Joel Karlgaard met Thursday morning and Braun resigned as the head coach of the Owls.

“I thought it was in our program's best interest that I step down as Rice's head basketball coach,” Braun said in a statement. “I want to thank Rice University for the opportunity to coach our team for the last six years. The players, coaches and staff have worked diligently to represent Rice with class and dignity. I am proud we were able to take our program to a postseason tournament as well as achieve academic excellence off the court. I believe both the returning players and those currently signed for next year will form the nucleus for a very solid future. The team will always have my support.”

Rice went just 12-49 in its last two seasons, going 2-14 in Conference USA this season before falling to North Texas in the conference tournament on Tuesday. Braun compiled a 63-128 record in six seasons at the helm, with just one winning season.

Prior to Rice, Braun had been the head coach at Eastern Michigan and California.

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