Penn fires Miller after an 0-7 start

December 15, 2009

Glen Miller did more than lose games at Penn. He struck the wrong chord with fans and alumni from the day he was hired because he had no previous connections to the Ivy League school.

When losses piled up and attendance dipped at the famed Palestra, Miller was on his way out.

Pennsylvania fired Miller on Monday after the Quakers dropped their first seven games, a rare early-season coaching change for a program that not long ago was a regular in the NCAA tournament.

"This is not simply about the performance of the team this year," athletic director Steve Bilsky said. "This really is about a sense of direction and leadership."

The Quakers replaced Miller on an interim basis with former school great Jerome Allen, who served under Miller as an assistant coach.

Miller was 45-52 overall since being hired in 2006 to replace Fran Dunphy, who took over the Temple program. In his first season, Miller led the Quakers to a 22-9 record and an NCAA tournament appearance.

• Memphis has hardly missed a beat despite the departure of coach John Calipari to Kentucky. The Tigers are 7-1 under 32-year-old former assistant Josh Pastner.

"I feel so indebted to these people that I can't let them down," said Pastner, who had the word "Gratefulness" painted on a wall in his office. "It's the city's team; they are emotionally invested. Everybody loves the Tigers."

• South Carolina coach Darrin Horn has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will increase his salary to $1.1 million per year.

AP

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