Alcorn State Fires Basketball Coach

Alcorn State men’s basketball coach Samuel West was fired Tuesday after five seasons on the job, a school official confirmed.

West’s removal coincides with the arrival of new athletic director Darren Hamilton, who started Tuesday, replacing interim AD Wiley Jones.

Alcorn State officials would not comment further but said a news release with more details would be issued on Wednesday.

West, 52, won 44 games and lost 103 in his five seasons as the Braves coach. The former Northwest Rankin High School boys coach was an assistant at Alcorn for seven years under legendary coach Davey Whitney before being named head coach in April of 2003.

The Braves were 7-24 this season and did not qualify for the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Braves started the season 1-13, including 2-9 in SWAC play.

Alcorn never won more than 11 games under West or lost less than 18.

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