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UT Arlington Has Fired Head Coach Scott Cross

A referee holds up a basketball during a first-round game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament between the Washington State Cougars and the Colorado Buffaloes.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 08: A referee holds up a basketball during a first-round game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament between the Washington State Cougars and the Colorado Buffaloes at T-Mobile Arena on March 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Colorado won 73-63. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

You can add UT Arlington to the list of college basketball programs making a change at head coach.

The Mavericks have fired head coach Scott Cross, a former UT Arlington player, after 12 seasons on the job. The program announced the news moments ago.

On the surface, this is a surprising announcement. Cross has a 225-161 overall record at his alma mater and has gone 72-33 in the last three seasons, including a Sun Belt Conference regular season title and appearances in the CIT and NIT.

He also led the program to its only NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008.

Some college media members are stunned by the move.

Cross has never coached anywhere other than UT Arlington. He was an assistant there from 1998-2006 before taking over as head coach.

Cross won the 2017 Sun Belt Coach of the Year Award. He took home the same award in the Southland Conference in 2012.