Alcorn State will not renew contract of men's basketball coach Luther Riley

Tuesday March 24th, 2015

Alcorn State will not renew the contract of head men's basketball coach Luther Riley when it expires at the end of March, the school announced on Monday evening.

Riley, 42, was 38-91 in four seasons with the Braves, including a 6-26 mark this season. Riley's best record came during the 2013-2014 season, when the team finished 12-19.

Riley, a former player at Mississippi Valley State, came to Alcorn State in 2011 after coaching at Provine High School in Mississippi, where he won four state championships in 12 seasons.

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Alcorn State hasn’t had a winning season since going 21-10 to win the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship and reach the opening round of the NCAA tournament in 2001-02 under coach Davey Whitney. Riley was a graduate assistant under Whitney.

The team has had only six seasons with more than ten wins in the 13 years since Whitney's departure.

Riley took a leave of absence for personal reasons during January; assistant coach Shawn Pepp took over while Riley was away from the team.

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The school also announced that it will not renew the contract of women's basketball coach Tonya Edwards. Alcorn State has said it will conduct national searches to replace both coaches.

- Phil Watson

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