Matt Doherty Fired by Southern Methodist

The former Associated Press Coach of the Year was let go after his fifth losing season in six years with SMU.

Southern Methodist University has announced the firing of Matt Doherty after he spent six seasons as the head men's basketball coach, according to the Sporting News.

From the Sporting News:

Doherty went 80-109 in six season with the Mustangs and just 30-67 in conference play. SMU finished 13-19 this season and lost 11 of its final 14 games. SMU begins playing in the Big East in 2013.

Doherty, 49, in East Meadow, and he won a National Championship in 1982 with Michael Jordan as his teammate at the University of North Carolina.

"It was easy," Doherty said. "I had the best player in the world as a teammate."

After a very short stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA, Doherty focused on coaching. In 1992, Doherty became an assistant at the University of Kansas until he secured his first head-coaching job at Notre Dame in 1999.

After just one season, Doherty left Notre Dame and became the head coach of UNC and led the top-ranked Tar Heels to the ACC regular season title in his first season, when he was also named the Associated Press' Coach of the Year. He coached at UNC through the 2002-03 season.

After a short stint in television, Doherty returned to the bench at Florida Atlantic University. After just a year there, he joined Southern Methodist University as head coach.


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