Rutgers's Waters Will Step Down

Thursday, March 2, 2006

Rutgers men's basketball coach Gary Waters resigned yesterday, ending a stay of more than four seasons at the school during which the Scarlet Knights failed to land a spot in the NCAA tournament.

The resignation will take effect at the end of the season. Rutgers (16-12) will finish its regular season at St. John's on Sunday and needs a win to clinch a spot in the Big East tournament.

"I wanted to clear the air," Waters said during a conference call. "I wanted everyone to know my intent and have my team able to focus on the next four or five games, if we have that many, and not have them hurt in this process."

Waters said he signed a buyout that is worth $550,000 initially and worth "quite a bit" overall. He said he was not forced to resign, but he was aware the school was not satisfied with his performance.

Waters, who has a 76-73 record in five seasons, came under fire after he missed Rutgers's game against Marquette on Feb. 12 after flying to Ohio the day before to be inducted into the athletic hall of fame at Kent State, where he coached from 1996 to 2001. A snowstorm delayed flights the next day. . . .

Gary Garner is out as Southeast Missouri State's men's basketball coach following a 7-20 season, his ninth at the school.

The university said it will not extend Garner's five-year contract. The decision came days after the Redhawks finished a season in which they went 4-16 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

The 62-year-old Garner had a 126-132 record at the school. In 2000, Southeast Missouri State reached the NCAA tournament, losing in the first round and finishing the season 24-7.

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