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Report: Air Force fires its head coach

Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:06 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 3:07 pm
 
By Matt Norlander

Air Force has fired its coach, Jeff Reynolds, according to Frank Schwab of the Colorado Springs Gazette.

A press conference on Wednesday afternoon is scheduled to formally announce the change. Assistant Dave Pilipovich is expected to take the reigns for the remainder of the year, according to Schwab. Air Force, 11-10, has lost its last six games and never finished above .500 under Reynolds, who took the job in 2007.

Reynolds' firing is the fourth in-season boot in college hoops this year.

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Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:33 pm
 

Report: Air Force fires its head coach

I just saw Air Force play at San Diego State a couple weeks ago. They played really hard and looked very well coached. It doesn't make any sense to fire a coach in the middle of the season, especially at a service academy. There is no way Air Force will be an elite basketball program and the mountain west is really tough this year. Air Force also lost in the last second to UNLV. It just goes to show you that coaches can only do so much. Coaches Coach but players play. Air Force probably would beat Army and Navy. I wonder if Coach K would be such an icon if he had stayed at West Point.



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:54 pm
 

Report: Air Force fires its head coach

This move is strange. I am not sure what you are trying to teach these players. Maybe its if you play a tough schedule and lose your coach gets fired but if you play an easy schedule and get wins, you won't.  Air Force has played a relatively tough schedule. The players at Air Force have little talent and people should remember that the Mountain West Conference is a very talented conference. The conference is Top 5 in the RPI and to be hones the RPI is actually brought down by Air Force.   It is hard to recruit talent to the service academies because of the strict discipline players need to abide by as well as the extremlly tough academic requirements.  You are competing against schools that get one and done players. 
The fact that Schawb was able to coax the amount of wins he got out of the players at Air Force should be lauded and not get him fired. 
RPI wise Air Force only has one bad loss. This was a loss at Drake 62 to 60. 
They fired Schawb right before Air Force get's it's only easy game on the conference schedule. A home game against Boise State. Perhaps a win will validate this firing, but I doubt it.  Shame on Air Force.  With the falling apart of the Mountain West due to football, perhaps Air Force should try a different conference. Perhaps they could renew their ties with the Western Athletic Conference.


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