Kennesaw State’s Athletic Department Overhauls University’s Men’s Basketball Program
Contracts of Head Coach Tony Ingle and Assistant Basketball Coaches Not Renewed as University…
Georgia (Mar 7, 2011) — Contracts of Head Coach Tony Ingle and Assistant Basketball Coaches Not Renewed as University Officials Tackle Academic Progress Challenges
KENNESAW, Ga. – (March 7, 2011) — In a move aimed at tackling serious problems with the academic progress of student-athletes in the university’s basketball program, Kennesaw State’s interim athletic director today announced that contracts for Head Basketball Coach Tony Ingle and his staff of assistant coaches would not be renewed.
KSU Interim Athletic Director Scott Whitlock said that the move was “regrettable but necessary” in light of the continuing academic challenges and difficulties the men’s basketball program faced. Whitlock stressed that these challenges and difficulties were centered on academic performance, not academic integrity. He further said that tough measures were required to address the program’s academic performance issues.
“We have already lost one men’s basketball scholarship, and we anticipate further NCAA action due to the continuing academic deficiencies of the program,” Whitlock stated. He added, “We know that this is a strong action, but it was made after extensive analysis of the past and present academic performance of the men’s basketball team. This is an action taken after full consultation and discussion between the athletic administration, the university’s administration, the faculty athletic representative, and the leadership of the KSU Athletic Board.”
Kennesaw State University President Dr. Daniel S. Papp said he strongly supports the decision, and stands with the interim athletic director. “This action does not diminish this institution’s appreciation of Coach Ingle’s contributions to this university,” Papp declared. “We thank him for the more than 10 years of dedicated service that he has provided to KSU, and join him in taking pride in his accomplishments, including the 2004 NCAA Division II Championship. We truly wish him well.”
“By taking this action,” Whitlock stated, “we send a strong message to all of our coaches and to our players that our athletes are students first. They are here to gain an education and a degree. While we value our sports program, and we enjoy winning, it will not be at any expense – and certainly not at the expense of students getting the education that they expect and deserve.”
Whitlock and Papp will name a search committee this week to identify a candidate pool from which to select a new men’s head basketball coach. Once appointed, the new coach will assemble his staff. Both Whitlock and Papp indicated their expectation for a smooth and professional transition that will benefit both current players and recruits.
Coach Ingle became head coach of KSU men’s basketball in 2000. He began his collegiate coaching career in 1985 at Gordon College, in Barnesville, Ga., departing Gordon in 1988 to coach at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. He moved to Brigham Young University in 1989, serving there as assistant coach for eight seasons. He became a scout for the Utah Jazz in 1997, and a color commentator for Mountain West Conference broadcasts in 1999.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 23,400 students from 142 countries.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers close to 200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.