Northern Illinois parts ways with coach Patton wire reports

DeKALB, Ill. -- Northern Illinois coach Ricardo Patton will not be back for a fifth season with the Huskies.

The school announced the move Wednesday in a statement from athletics director Jeff Compher.

Northern Illinois finished the season 9-21 following a 74-54 loss to Bowling Green in the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament on Tuesday night.

Under Patton, the Huskies went 35-83 in four years and 19-44 in the MAC.

The former Colorado coach was hired in 2007 to replace Rob Judson, who was fired after his team finished that season with a 7-23 record. Patton took the Buffaloes to the postseason six times, including two trips to the NCAA tournament, and went 184-160 in 11 years at Colorado.

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