Notable Mid-Major Program Surprisingly Fires Head Basketball Coach

Former Wichita State coach Isaac Brown

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There has been a flurry of firings in college basketball as teams have been eliminated from their conferences’ tournaments.

Those firings have mostly come from smaller schools with a couple of Power 5 jobs mixed in.

Now a notable mid-major has joined in on the action and made the decision to fire their head coach.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, the Wichita State shockers have decided to part ways with Isaac Brown after they were eliminated from the AAC Tournament by Tulane last night.

Brown took over Wichita State under pretty terrible circumstances. He was the replacement for Gregg Marshall after Marshall resigned amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse by the longtime Shockers coach.

Despite the circumstances, Brown quickly found success. In his first year as the head coach at Wichita State, he led the team to a 16-6 record, an AAC Regular Season title, and an NCAA Tournament berth.

Unfortunately, the success stopped there. In his 2nd season leading the Shockers, they were only able to work their way to a 15-13 record with a 6-9 record in-conference. They were eliminated in the first round of the conference tournament.

They improved this year, winning 17 games and putting together a .500 record in the AAC. They even managed to win a game in the conference tournament before their elimination last night.

That wasn’t enough to save Brown’s job.

Now the Shockers will move on to looking for a new coach that can turn them back into the mid-major powerhouse they were back in their Missouri Valley Conference days.

With the reputation the program built previously, they should be able to find themselves a coach that has had plenty of success at a smaller school.