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Denver fires head coach Joe Scott

Joe Scott

Denver head coach Joe Scott reacts on the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against the Wyoming on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)


Joe Scott has been fired as the head coach of Denver, the school announced on Friday morning.

“We’d like to thank Joe for his years of service and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” Vice-Chancellor for Athletic Peg Bradley-Doppes said. “At this juncture we feel the time is right to make a change in the direction of the program and we look forward to entering a new, exciting era for the program with a dynamic new head coach at the helm.”

Scott has been the head coach of the Pioneers for nine seasons. He finished second in the Sun Belt League in 2012 and won the WAC in 2013, but he’s struggled in three seasons since Denver moved to the Summit League. They haven’t finished better than fourth in the conference and sat in sixth-place the last two seasons.

Scott’s final game as head coach came in the Summit League tournament, a game Denver lost by one point when a freshman that shooting 89 percent from the free throw line missed the front end of a one-and-one with less than a second left against South Dakota State, the Summit League champs.