|Jim Christian leaves Kent State to become TCU's coach|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 29 March 2008 10:16|
Kent State athletic director Laing Kennedy announced Christian's move in a statement Saturday. A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed late Friday to The Associated Press that TCU had reached an agreement with Christian.
Christian was expected to be introduced during a news conference on the TCU campus Saturday afternoon.
Christian was 138-58 in six years at Kent State. The Golden Flashes were 28-7 this season, losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament to UNLV.
Neil Dougherty was fired by TCU on March 16, three days after an 14-16 season ended. He had a year left on his contract.
Dougherty was 75-108 in his six seasons, with a winning record only once.
At Kent State, the 41-year-old Christian became the first Mid-American Conference coach to win 20 games in each of his first six seasons. But he didn't win a postseason game, losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament twice and the NIT three times.
After the Golden Flashes went 25-9 with an NCAA appearance in 2005-06, Christian got a new seven-year contract through the 2012-13 season.
The other known candidates for the TCU job were Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton, Tennessee-Chattanooga coach John Shulman and Buzz Peterson, the director of player personnel for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.
Kent State will conduct a national search for Christian's replacement, Kennedy said.