Tim Duryea out as USU’s head basketball coach

Utah State head coach Tim Duryea reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. New Mexico won 74-61. (AP Photo/Juan Antonio Labreche)

LOGAN – After three seasons as basketball head coach and 14 as an assistant at Utah State University, Tim Duryea was let go from his position Sunday afternoon. A statement from the university said a national search for a new coach will begin immediately.

Duryea was 47-49 overall and 22-23 in conference play in his three years as head coach. The announcement was made just two days after USU was eliminated in the Mountain West Championships semifinals. Duryea led his team to a 17-17 record in an injury-filled 2017-18 season.

“We appreciate everything that Tim and his staff have contributed to Utah State the past three seasons, both on and off the court,” USU Athletic Director John Hartwell said in the statement. “However, we feel it is in the best interest of the program to make a change.”

If the team is invited to postseason play, it is unclear who will coach the remainder of the season. Duryea said Friday that the team was in talks with tournaments and that an invite was possible.

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