SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -Jessie Evans was expected to resign Wednesday night as basketball coach at San Francisco, which lost five of its last six games in addition to the NCAA suspension of one of its international players, The Associated Press has learned.
The coach had a meeting scheduled with athletic director Debra Gore-Mann earlier in the day. USF said a major announcement was planned for Wednesday night.
A West Coast Conference official familiar with the situation said Evans planned to announce he was stepping down at that time. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no formal announcement.
Evans is in his fourth season at USF, which is 4-8 this year. He was hired from Louisiana-Lafayette in April 2004 to replace fired coach Phil Mathews.
This month, the NCAA suspended Dons senior forward Vince Polakovic for 24 games stemming from his participation with a German national team in 2004.
The school said at the time that several members from the German national team received stipends deemed by the NCAA ``above actual and necessary expenses.'' San Francisco contended that Polakovic wasn't among those players who received payments and said it would appeal the suspension.
Evans coached on Lute Olson's staff at Arizona from 1988-97 and also worked as an assistant at Minnesota, Texas, Wyoming, and San Diego State before joining the Arizona staff. He helped lead the Wildcats to a 25-9 record and a national title in his ninth and final season with Arizona.
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