Eastern Washington fires coach Earlywine

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHENEY, Wash. -- Eastern Washington will not renew the contract of men's basketball coach Kirk Earlywine after four losing seasons.

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Earlywine was 42-78 at the Big Sky Conference school. Eastern made the league playoffs for the first time in five years this season, and was eliminated in the first round. The 46-year-old Earlywine was 24-40 in conference play.

Director of athletics Bill Chaves said the program wants to go in a new direction. The search for a replacement will begin immediately.

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