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Northern Colorado dismisses head coach B.J. Hill

B.J. Hill, Dallas Anglin

Northern Colorado coach B.J. Hill, right, confers with guard Dallas Anglin during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi State in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. Mississippi State won 93-69. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)


With the men’s basketball program being investigated by the NCAA for possible rules violations, Northern Colorado announced Thursday afternoon that it was parting ways with head coach B.J. Hill.

Hill spent six seasons at the Big Sky program, posting a record of 86-98. During his first season at the helm, Northern Colorado won the Big Sky’s regular season and tournament titles, making the program’s first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. But after winning 21 games that season Hill’s Bears finished above .500 just once (18-14 in 2013-14), and in 2015-16 Northern Colorado went 10-21.

According to the school a national search will be conducted to find Hill’s replacement, but the fact that the program is being investigated by the NCAA could complicate things some. Northern Colorado’s top four scorers, led by guard Cameron Michael, all have eligibility remaining with three of those players (Michael, Anthony Johnson and Dallas Anglin) being rising seniors.