Cal State Northridge has reportedly fired head coach Reggie Theus. The UNLV great and former NBA star was just 6-24 in 2017-18.
Theus’s best season with the Matadors wound up being his first. In 2013-14, the team went 17-18, with a 7-9 record in Big West play.
The Matadors finished fifth in the conference standings in the regular season. They made a run to the conference championship game, and fell just short of a surprise NCAA Tournament berth, falling to Cal Poly 61-59 in the Big West title.
Theus failed to win more than 11 games after that season. This year’s ninth-place Big West finish proved to be a low-point for the program.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Reggie Theus has been fired.
Cal State Northridge has parted ways with former NBA player/coach Reggie Theus after five seasons, sources told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 7, 2018
Theus was a pretty big-name get for Northridge at the time. He was previously a successful college head coach.
He had a two-year tenure at New Mexico State from 2005-07. That second season, the Aggies won the Western Athletic Conference tournament, and made the NCAA Tournament at 25-9.
Those Aggies earned a 13-seed in the Big Dance. They fell 79-67 to fourth-seeded Texas in the first round.
College fans probably best remember Theus for his exploits at UNLV. He starred for Jerry Tarkanian’s Runnin’ Rebels in the 1970s, and was a second team All-American as a junior in 1978.
He went on to be the ninth-overall pick in that year’s NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. Theus made two All-Star Games as a Bull, and went on to play for the Kings, Hawks, Magic and Nets.
He also had a brief tenure as head coach of the Sacramento Kings from 2007-09. Theus was 44-62 in 106 games as NBA head coach.