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Final College Basketball Coaching Job Was Just Filled After Being Open 5 Months

Two basketballs ahead of the Final Four.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 29: A detail of NCAA Official Wilson basketballs are seen racked up on the court prior to Oregon playing against Louisville during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Our long national nightmare is finally over. The Chicago State Cougars finally have a head men's basketball coach.

The Cougars have long been among the worst programs in Division I. Former head coach Tracy Dildy was fired in mid-March, after a 3-29 season, with a second-straight 1-13 WAC record.

In eight season, Dildy only won double-digit games twice, topping out with a 13-19 record in 2013-14. He finished with a 55-200 record.

After almost half a year, the Cougars have a new head coach. Lance Irvin, a staple in the Chicago basketball community, will take the job.

Chicago State announced the Lance Irvin hire today:

Irvin has broad coaching experience at both the collegiate and high school levels, and he has deep ties to basketball in the Chicago area as a former star high school player. Irvin comes to CSU most recently from Chicago's Morgan Park High School where he served as varsity boys assistant basketball coach and dean of students. His previous collegiate experience includes men's associate head basketball coach at Southern Illinois University and assistant coach at Southern Methodist University, University of Missouri, Texas A&M University, Iowa State University and Loyola University.


"I couldn't be happier to be joining Chicago State University as head coach of the men's basketball team, which is a tremendous group of athletes ready to make their mark," Irvin said. "This is an exciting time to join CSU, and I look forward to helping this team unlock its potential and achieve great things for the school and the city of Chicago."

Irvin definitely has roots in the city. His brother Nick Irvin is the head coach at Morgan Park High School, where he recently served as an assistant, and for the AAU club Mac Irvin Fire, which was started by his fire.

Of course, Chicago State has deeper issues than coaching, with significant budget concerns plaguing the athletic department. Hopefully Irvin is able to overcome what Dildy couldn't.