A couple of college basketball head coaches were fired on Monday. One of them was UT-Arlington head coach Scott Cross.
Cross, 43, had been quite successful at UT-Arlington. He'd been there since 2006 and had compiled an overall record of 225–161 (.583).
The program had made four postseason tournaments, including the NCAA Tournament in 2008.
Many are upset with the program's decision to fire him. Dick Vitale is among those people.
The ESPN college basketball analyst says it's "pathetic" and "sick" what happened to Cross. He didn't deserve to be fired, according to Dickie V.
"What a sad state in college when a coach ala Scott Cross is FIRED BY AD JimBaker of UT Arlington because he did not win enough / Wins 21 this yr / 72 over last 3 yrs THIS IS SICK !" Vitale tweeted.
"It is so pathetic! 72 W’s in 3 yrs /21 wins this yr not enough for AD Baker!"
Cross released the following statement on Twitter regarding the decision.
"I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished in my time as head coach of my alma mater," Cross said in the statement. "We were able to build a program based on hard work, integrity, and doing things the right way."
Here's the full statement:
UTA athletic director Jim Baker said he agonized over the decision but ultimately felt it was the right move.
"Some people say, 'Well, you're UTA,' you should be happy,'"Baker said. "That's not our president. That's not me. We want to be the best at what we do. Your aspirations have to be that you can get to the NCAAs every year. That's what we want."
You can read his full comments here.