Tag:Chris Lowery
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:53 am
Edited on: March 2, 2012 12:43 pm

Southern Illinois parts ways with Lowery

By Jeff Goodman

Chris Lowery was one of the hottest names in the country just a few years ago. Now Southern Illinois has decided to part ways with its head coach. 

A news conference is scheduled for Friday at 3:30 p.m. 

Sources have told CBSSports.com that Lowery was fired Friday after eight years that produced a 145-116 record. The Salukis went to three NCAA tournaments in Lowery's first three seasons but have struggled over the past four seasons and failed to reach the postseason each time. Southern Illinois was 8-23 this season. The Salukis lost Thursday night to Indiana State in the opening round of the Missouri Valley conference tournament. 

Lowery, 39, had two years remaining on a seven-year contract worth more than $5 million.

A source told CBSSports.com that SIU will target Illinois' Bruce Weber if Illinois parts ways with its coach after this season. The Illini have lost seven of their past eight games, which has brought Weber's job security into question. Weber coached Southern Illinois from 1998-2003.

Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:40 am
Edited on: November 13, 2011 12:24 pm

Southern Illinois' Lowery was once hot name

By Jeff Goodman

Four years ago, Southern Illinois' Chris Lowery was about as hot a name as there was among up-and-coming head coaches. 

He had gone to the NCAA tournament in each of his first three seasons, racking up 76 victories in that span and making a Sweet 16 appearance in 2007.

He was just 34 years old at the time.

Lowery nearly had the Oklahoma State head job (Travis Ford narrowly beat him out), but the consensus remained that it was just a matter of time before he got a high-major job.

Now, after three consecutive disappointing seasons and a season-opening loss to Division II Ohio Dominican on Saturday, he may be fighting for his head coaching life.

Lowery inked a seven-year extension worth $750,000 annually back in 2007.

But the last three seasons have resulted in a total of 39 victories - which just isn't enough in Carbondale, given the string of success the Salukis enjoyed.

It was Ohio Dominican's first win against a current Division 1 program. Previously, the Panthers had been 0-for-8 against D-1 foes.

I'm not certain exactly what's gone awry for Lowery in Carbondale recently. For a while, he got away from recruiting the type of hard-nosed, chip-on-their-shoulder kids that helped make the Salukis the most feared team in the Missouri Valley.

But he went back to recruiting his type of kid after realizing his mistake.

The last time that Lowery dropped a game to a Division II squad was back in 2006 when Alaska Achorage beat the Salukis. Southern Illinois went onto win 22 games and advance to the NCAA tournament.

Much has changed since then.
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