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Lamar fires basketball coach Steve Roccaforte

CBSSports.com wire reports

BEAUMONT, Texas -- Lamar University has fired Steve Roccaforte as men's basketball coach after a 13-17 season and a 76-78 five-season tenure.

Athletic director Larry Tidwell announced the move Monday.

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Roccaforte spent three seasons on predecessor Billy Tubbs' staff before succeeding Tubbs as head coach in March 2006. The Cardinals had a 15-17 record in his first season and tied for third in the Southland Conference East Division.

The next season, Roccaforte guided Lamar to a 19-11 overall record and a 13-3 conference mark that won the 2007-08 regular season conference co-championship, Lamar's first since the 1983-84 season. However, Lamar fell to 15-15 in 2008-09 with a 6-10 SLC mark and 14-18 the following year with a 5-11 record in conference play.

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