Arms flailing, hair disheveled, suit a wrinkled mess, Rollie Massimino still would stomp his feet and dance down the sideline to scream at an official.
What never resurfaced for Massimino was his magic touch.
Massimino resigned after seven disappointing seasons as coach at Cleveland State, where he was unable to duplicate the success he had while leading Villanova to an improbable 1985 NCAA title.
Cleveland State bought out the final two years of the 68-year-old Massimino's contract, Athletic Director Lee Reed said yesterday. Massimino was paid $147,000 for the 2002-03 season.
His tenure in Cleveland ended with his first 20-loss season in 30 years of coaching, and he leaves a program in shambles.
Massimino's team went 8-22 this season and finished last in the nine-team Horizon League. The Vikings lost in the first round of the conference tournament March 4 against Loyola of Chicago.
After the game, Massimino -- who has a 515-391 career record, 20-10 in the NCAA tournament -- said he had no plans to retire. But there had been growing speculation he would step down or be fired.
"He felt it was time to move on," Reed said. "You only have so much time to spend with your family. He did a lot of great things here."
Reed credited Massimino with improving Cleveland State's national image, fund-raising and his ability to schedule elite programs. But he never got the Vikings to the NCAA tournament or National Invitation Tournament, his teams continually underachieving or falling apart late in the season.
There were also embarrassing off-the-court problems for the school. Last year, former players Damon Stringer and Jamaal Harris were convicted of robbing Cleveland Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia at gunpoint in a downtown hotel. Both are serving four-year prison sentences.
Massimino recently dismissed leading scorer Modibo Niakate for unspecified disciplinary reasons. Earlier in the season, two other players transferred.
Massimino, who keeps a home in Florida during the offseason, did not return a phone call seeking comment.
"I have reached a point in my life where I want to spend more time with my wife and family," Massimino said in a statement released through the university. "Cleveland State has been very good to us and I have made many new friendships during my time in Cleveland."
The fiery Massimino took over at Cleveland State in 1996 after two seasons at UNLV. He hoped to build Cleveland State -- which made its only NCAA tournament appearance in 1986 -- into a mid-major power. But after a promising start, the program sputtered, going 90-113 under Massimino.
Massimino forever will be linked to one of the greatest upsets in NCAA tournament history, when eighth-seeded Villanova stunned defending champion Georgetown in the 1985 championship game.
Changes at Wichita State
Wichita State fired women's coach Darryl Smith on Friday.
Smith was 74-68 in five seasons at Wichita State. The Shockers were 14-14 this season and ended their season with an 81-60 loss to Indiana State in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.