BREAKING: Derrick Clark out as MSU Denver basketball coach

After a tumultuous and tense season, MSU Denver has fired men’s basketball head coach Derrick Clark, the athletics department announced today.

Clark, who had one year remaining on his contract, had a forgettable season. After a promising start to the year in which they lost to the eventual national champions by only two points, the team went downhill and ended with a record of 17-13. The Roadrunners were 12-10 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and didn’t qualify for the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.

It’s the off-the-court issues that Clark has experienced in the recent past that have been the most notable. This year, Clark was suspended for three games late in the season and the athletic department would not reveal why he was suspended. Leading scorer Cam Williams was also released from the team for violating team rules at the same time that Clark was suspended.

However, in a confusing chain of events, when Clark was supposed to return from his suspension, Williams was reinstated to the team out of nowhere and Clark took a leave of absence that extended to the end of the season. Michael Bahl and Adam Wall shared the responsibilities of the head coach in Clark’s stead.

All of these seemingly connected strange events led to heavy speculation around Clark. Clark, who only two years ago was found guilty of DUI on campus, has a reputation for being a hot-head and his two drunk driving convictions in the past led many to offer their opinions on why he was taking a leave of absence.

Finally, MSU Denver decided to part ways with the mercurial coach, and Associate Director of Athletics John Kietzmann made it clear that it was MSU Denver’s decision.

“As far as the decision goes, MSU Denver separated from coach following a meeting Monday morning,” Kietzmann said.

Met Media has confirmed that while Clark was informed of his termination on March 27, the athletics department didn’t announce the decision until March 30.

The nationwide search for a new head coach now begins, and with MSU Denver’s storied history on the hardwood, Athletic Director Anthony Grant has his work cut out for him.

6 Responses to "BREAKING: Derrick Clark out as MSU Denver basketball coach"

  1. joann  March 30, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    YOU WILL NEVER FIND A BETTER COACH !!!! He was one of the most dedicated coaches you will ever find. Lets talk about all the times he has taken these boys into his home, making sure they up held there grades and graduated.
    You only want to talk about a year gone wrong. Well lets talk about all the good years , the championships ,coach of the year awards his record alone speaks for it self. If you can’t come up with a better word then mercurial then you do not know DERRICK CLARK , the coach, husband and father. There is a school out there that we be very lucky to get him.

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  2. Bob Hofmanz  March 30, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Amen

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  3. Greg H.  March 31, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Good riddance. How many teachers could get a DUI on campus and retain their jobs? Not many, but for some reason the basketball coach could, and on his second DUI no less.

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  4. Dory  March 31, 2017 at 9:44 am

    This reporter needs to get his facts before he writes. He has no clue!

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  5. David Schaut  March 31, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Dory, I am the reporter, which facts are incorrect?

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  6. HAROLD lansford  April 3, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Athletic director finally did something correct with respect to Clarks demeanor off court. They were two years late in parting ways when he was convicted for DUI on campus. Political correctness prevails with this school in the athletic department. My daughter had a non renewal contract as softball coach for merely applying discipline to a minority student. Implication that daughter endangered the player by making her sit in the bleachers after quitting the team. Clark endangered the entire student body and faculty with his DUI , and still kept his job for three years. This happened under a weak kneed athletic director who served prior to the current A.D.Hopefully, the new A.D. can be fair and objective otherwise, who would want to be on this staff?

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