March 09, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) University of San Francisco men's basketball coach Rex Walters has been fired after eight seasons.

Athletic director Scott Sidwell made the announcement Wednesday.

Walters went 127-127 with a 63-65 record in the West Coast Conference. The Dons had winning seasons three times during his tenure, with the most successful finish being 21-12 in 2013-14 with an NIT bid as Walters won WCC Coach of the Year.

USF was 15-15 this season and 8-10 in the WCC for fifth place. The Dons lost in the WCC tournament quarterfinals.

Sidwell is looking for the Dons to regularly compete for conference titles and postseason berths, saying, ''I felt a change in the leadership of the program was necessary at this time.''

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