March 17, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida A&M University is searching for a new men's basketball coach after deciding not to renew Byron Samuels' contract.

Athletic director Milton Overton said on Friday that Lamont Franklin will serve as the interim coach while a search for Samuels' replacement takes place.

Samuels was 17-71 in three years, including 7-23 this season. He was hired from the University of Georgia, where he had served as the basketball operations coordinator.

Florida A&M was eligible for postseason play this past season after being ineligible the past two years due to Academic Progress Rate sanctions imposed by the NCAA.

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